Barack Obama Dips in the Polls, Republican Favorability Dips Lower



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The September 28th Gallup Poll of Obama’s approval rating based on a three-day rolling average has him at 43% approval, 50% disapproval. His all-time low was October 15-17 2011, when his approval was at 38%. His all-time high was 69% in January 2009.

Rasmussen’s poll released September 28: 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll of 1,729 Americans taken Sept. 20-24 found only 39 percent of those surveyed approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 55 percent disapprove.

A Sept. 21-23 weekly tracking poll by The Economist/YouGov found that out of the 1,000 registered voters surveyed over the Web in that poll, only 38 percent approved of how Obama is “handling his job as president.” Fifty-five percent disapproved.

The Bloomberg National Poll, conducted September 20-23 for Bloomberg News by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, IA, is based on interviews with 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 or older. The poll found 45% of the respondents approve of Mr. Obama as president, 49% disapprove; 38% approve on the economy, 56% disapprove;29% approve of his handling of the budget deficit, 61% disapprove; 31% approve of his handling of Syria, 53% disapprove; 43% approve of his managing the US reputation in the world, 51% disapprove.

Democrats have a 44% approval rating and Republicans have a 34% approval rating, according to the same poll.

CBS/NY Times poll found 43% approve of the way Mr. Obama is doing his job, 49% disapprove. Only 30% believe he cares about their needs.

In the end, it is important to remember that Mr. Obama won his re-election handily in 2012 after having an approval rating that dipped to 38% in 2011.

Approval of Congress is at 9%. Approval of the Democratic Party is 44% and of the Republican Party it is 34%, according to Bloomberg. Trust in government and our political parties is at a low point but Bush and the Republicans are still more to blame after nearly five years of Obama rule.

Mr. Obama’s overall approval as President is considerably higher than when polled in specific areas such as the economy, the deficit, foreign affairs. People like Mr. Obama and they are still not connecting his performance in specific areas with his overall performance as president. There is a disconnect because of the blame being put on Congress and the Republicans, which can be partly attributed to the media’s negative coverage of Republicans.

Also, the nation appears to have moved left of center.

However, at this point in his presidency, Mr. Obama’s approval rating is running parallel to that of George W. Bush’s at the same point in time in the presidency despite the positive media coverage Mr. Obama receives.