Support for Obama falls AGAIN for second time this week as monumental decline in popularity continues
Wednesday, Sept 2, 2009
To say Barack Obama’s honeymoon period with the American people is over would be a gross understatement.
Figures from major pollsters confirm that the president’s approval rating is declining at an unprecedented rate, and by the hour.
Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential tracking Poll today shows that only 28% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the way Obama is performing, down a further 2% from yesterday, with 40% strongly disapproving.
This gives the president an approval index rating of -12, again down another point on yesterday’s figures.
The Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve.
The latest figures indicate that Obama’s public support has fallen by a whopping 41 index points since the beginning of the year.
Rasmussen puts Obama’s overall approval rating at 46%. Yesterday it fell to 45%, the lowest yet recorded by Rasmussen, representing a 20 point decline in just eight months. Check the trends figures here.
Roughly translated this means that one in every eight people that voted for Obama now disapprove of his performance.
But it gets worse for Obama according to Zogby, whose latest poll has Obama’s overall approval at just 42%.
Worse even than that for Obama is the fact that Zogby’s figures show approval for the president slipped by over 13 percent among Democrats, adding to a 6 point decline from figures obtained in July.
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While another poll, for CNN/Opinion Research Corp., has Obama’s approval rating at 53%, it still shows a decline of 23 points since he took office. The poll indicates that support for Obama among political independents has slipped dramatically.
According to Gallup, Obama has hit a new low of 50%, down 19 points from the start of his term.
What this all amounts to is that regardless of the specific numbers, the polling firms are showing a consistent and steep decline in support for Obama.
Obama’s approval demise now represents the third fastest ever decline for a president since World War II, behind only Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.
Obama is also faring worse than George W. Bush in an analogous period of his presidency.
So, why has Obama’s approval plummeted so monumentally?
We would offer the following reading as a by no means extensive overview:
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This article was posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm