Obama Approval Hits New Low, Voters: Wrong Kind of Change

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 23, 2010   |   6:04PM   |   Washington, DC

In an election focused on the pro-abortion agenda of the Obama administration, a new Gallup poll shows Americans give President Barack Obama the lowest approval ratings of his presidency.

Meanwhile, another national poll shows voters say Obama has either not changed the political culture of Washington at all or he’s brought the wrong kind of change to the nation’s capital.

Gallup’s polling data says Obama averaged 44.7% job approval during the seventh quarter of his presidency.

“His average approval rating has declined each quarter since he took office, falling by more than two percentage points in the most recent quarter to establish a new low,” the polling firm notes.

‘The seventh quarter included Obama’s new low three-day average approval rating of 41% in mid-August. His approval rating has recovered somewhat since then, with his latest three-day average at 46% for” earlier this week, it added.

Obama’s decreased popularity is also evident in his favorable rating.

“For the first time, more Americans view the president unfavorably (50%) than favorably (47%), and his favorable rating is the lowest of his presidency,” Gallup indicates. “Since his inauguration, positive opinions of him have declined by 31 points.”

More importantly for both the midterm elections and beyond, the most recent Gallup poll also finds that, at this point in his presidency, 39% of Americans believe Obama deserves re-election and 54% say he does not. Earlier this year, between 46% and 48% of Americans said Obama should be re-elected.

“The current results for Obama are remarkably similar to what Gallup measured for Clinton in October 1994, at which time 38% of Americans thought he was worthy of a second term as president and 57% disagreed. That was just before Clinton’s party lost its congressional majority in the 1994 elections,” Gallup said.

“With the midterm elections less than two weeks away, Obama’s diminished public support means the Democratic Party is vulnerable to heavy losses in Congress. The president’s party has lost an average of 36 U.S. House seats when his approval rating is below 50%,” it added.

These results are based on Gallup Daily tracking surveys conducted from July through October, including interviews with more than 90,000 Americans.

Meanwhile, a new poll conducted by The Hill, a congressional newspaper, finds “majority of voters in key battleground races say President Obama has either brought no change to Washington or has brought change for the worse.”

Looking at 10 of the most competitive House districts, 41 percent of likely voters say Obama has brought change for the worse, and 30 percent say he has made no difference.

Two years after Obama promised a “change” presidency, just 26 percent of Americans say he has brought the right kind of change to Washington.

The poll also found Obama’s performance hasn’t inspired his core group of young supporters either, as 63 percent of voters under the age of 34 say Obama has not changed Washington or has made it worse.
“All change is not good change, and the voters are expressing overall dissatisfaction with the direction of change so far,” said pollster Mark Penn of the findings.