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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Approval Numbers ...Not Good for POTUS

President Obama's summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup's daily tracking poll.

New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency.

Obama's approval rating has hovered in the 40% range for much of 2011, peaking at 53% in the weeks following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Even in a Democratic stronghold, things do not look good for the president. ABC reports:

More voters in the heavily Democratic state of New York now disapprove of President Obama than approve of him – the first time he has ever received a negative rating – according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The 49 to 45 percent split reflects growing popular angst over the country’s economic woes and frustration with Obama’s response, even in one of his electoral strongholds. In June, New Yorkers approved of the president by a 57 to 38 percent split.

Overall, New Yorkers split fairly evenly on whether Obama deserves re-election. His strongest support is concentrated in New York City and among union households, while majorities of upstate and suburban voters strongly say Obama does not deserve a second term.

“The debt ceiling hullaballoo devastated President Barack Obama’s numbers even in true blue New York,” Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll said in a statement with the poll.