Obama approval in free fall – reaches minus 19

Dec. 13, 2009

Red State

Rasmussen reports Sunday’s Obama’s Presidential Approval Index, fell to -19. Only yesterday, we noted Obama’s approval index fell to -16.

There is no good news, but lots of bad news, for Obama in the collapse of his approval numbers:

  • Among those who consider fiscal policy issues the most important, only 1% Strongly Approve and 81% Strongly Disapprove.
  • Among those who consider the economy to be the most important issue, just 26% Strongly Approve of the President’s performance while 39% Strongly Disapprove.
  • Among young voters Obama’s Approval Index rating is -2.
  • Among senior citizens Obama’s Approval Index rating is -29.
  • Obama’s 23% Strongly Approve matches the lowest level of Obama enthusiasm yet recorded.
  • Only 41% of Democrats and 21% of Independents now Strongly Approve of Obama.

Yesterday’s numbers were also nothing but bad news for Obama:

  • Obama’s falling popularity is partly the result of declining enthusiasm among Democrats – only 43% of whom strongly approved of Obama’s performance.
  • Only 36% of all voters believe that the Obama is doing a good or an excellent job handling the economy, while 45% rate his economic performance as poor.
  • On national security matters, only 39% rate the Obama’s performance as good or excellent while, 36% say poor.

Rasmussen’s presidential job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters, rather than samples of all adults. Obama’s numbers are always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters because some of Obama’s most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, are less likely to turn out to vote.

It’s not just Rasmussen that finds Obama has lost support, a week ago even CNN found Obama’s job approval rating fell 48%, confirming similar results from Gallup, Quinnipiac, and Hawkeye a week earlier.

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