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Obama approval rating sinks to 50 per cent: poll
August 6, 2009 - 9:15PM


US President Barack Obama's approval rating has slumped to 50 per cent, the lowest since his inauguration, according to a poll released on the eve of his 200th day in office.

Pollsters at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut said Obama's job approval rating dipped to 50-42 per cent, a reflection of growing unease over his handling of the economy.

The figure, released on Thursday, is a substantial drop from the 57-33 per cent approval rating he had on July 2, and far less than the glowing numbers he enjoyed in the honeymoon first 100 days of his tenure.

The national poll of 2409 registered voters was carried out between July 27 and August 3. It found voters disapproved 49-45 per cent of the way Obama was handling the economy, and disapproved 52-39 per cent on his handling of health care, but approved 52-38 per cent on his foreign policy.

But while Republicans disapproved of the Democratic president's job performance by an expectedly large margin of 77-16 per cent, the poll found Americans disapproved 59-29 per cent of how Republicans in Congress were doing their job. They also trusted Obama over Republicans 47-36 per cent to fix the economy and 46-37 per cent to deal with health care.

"The president is right on the magic 50 per cent threshold in public approval because of bad grades on the economy and even worse grades on health care," said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac's Polling Institute.

"The good news ... is that American voters still see him as better able to handle the economy and health care than Republicans in Congress," Brown said. "The bad news is his margins are shrinking."

On July 21, a USA Today/Gallup poll found Obama's approval rating was 55 per cent six months into his presidency, one point lower than that of his predecessor George Bush at the same point in his tenure.

The Quinnipiac poll said 93 per cent of respondents described the US economy as "not so good" or "poor", with just 28 per cent saying it is improving, and 29 per cent saying it is getting worse. Forty-one per cent saw no change.

Brown said the survey also found that "by a 49-33 per cent margin, voters think his policies will help the economy, but they believe, 36-33 per cent, that Obama's policies will hurt their personal financial situation".

Obama has pledged to overhaul the US health care system. He and most Democratic lawmakers want to introduce a public coverage option, while many Republican congressmen and some conservative Democrats oppose the idea.

On Tuesday, a Harris Interactive online survey showed a majority of Americans are in favour, 52-30 per cent, of having a government-run health care option as proposed by Obama.

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A real contrast to the Obamamania gripping America a year ago.
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That is so sad. The man has an agenda and has his ears closed to the voice of reason...

Adjust or drop the agenda and get people employed TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then the rating might climb up wards.
The man has a Harvard education and just can't see like his subjects. So a wake up call was placed.
The question is will he heed the call or grind on hoping all will come his way. Like a gambler at the tables.
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Many people had high hopes for Bill Clinton as well but he disappointed many. He had what many thought, including myself, with the ability to really make a difference and unite this country. Of course he didn't do that. In fact, he actually did very little in the way of changing things.

Obama, after being elected had a chance to do that also, but it has taken him just a very short time to prove what many, including myself, saw. An extreme left wing radical, not the moderate the media painted him as.

Obama will tear this country apart and the damage he will bring will take decades to fix.
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MrLiberty, that is what the gov't/both political parties have been doing for a long while. And that won't change unless the people rise up and take their Republic back, peacefully......

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Obama, after being elected had a chance to do that also, but it has taken him just a very short time to prove what many, including myself, saw. An extreme left wing radical, not the moderate the media painted him as.

Obama will tear this country apart and the damage he will bring will take decades to fix.
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MrLiberty, that is what the gov't/both political parties have been doing for a long while. And that won't change unless the people rise up and take their Republic back, peacefully......

peacefully ain't gonna work anymore......

HELLO! Obama, I didn't really say that!
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Many people had high hopes for Bill Clinton as well but he disappointed many. He had what many thought, including myself, with the ability to really make a difference and unite this country. Of course he didn't do that. In fact, he actually did very little in the way of changing things.
I wouldn't say that about Bill Clinton. Even if he didn't attain the "transformational" status that all presidents, from Bush to Obama, aspire to be, I definitely think he was an above-average president. Amongst many other things, his contributions included The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, the ratification of NAFTA and a surplus of $559 billion at the end of his presidency. He finished his presidency with an approval rating of 68%, which suggests that the American people recognised that he did a great job, particularly in presiding over an unprecedented period of peacetime economic growth and generating way more jobs that his successor George W. Bush did.
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I wouldn't say that about Bill Clinton. Even if he didn't attain the "transformational" status that all presidents, from Bush to Obama, aspire to be, I definitely think he was an above-average president. Amongst many other things, his contributions included The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, the ratification of NAFTA and a surplus of $559 billion at the end of his presidency. He finished his presidency with an approval rating of 68%, which suggests that the American people recognised that he did a great job, particularly in presiding over an unprecedented period of peacetime economic growth and generating way more jobs that his successor George W. Bush did.
I liked old Bill, he was a man's man. He would work out so he could eat unhealthy foods, he could BS, knew how to party and like the ladies. And football.
But you can put up some negatives, his wife today told the world we would help Samaloia (someone correct that please) he did the Machiavelli's bidding like every POTUS, His deals on trade weren't in the best interest of US workers... And I am sure others can add something else.
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I liked old Bill, he was a man's man. He would work out so he could eat unhealthy foods, he could BS, knew how to party and like the ladies. And football.
But you can put up some negatives, his wife today told the world we would help Samaloia (someone correct that please) he did the Machiavelli's bidding like every POTUS, His deals on trade weren't in the best interest of US workers... And I am sure others can add something else.
Every Republican worth his weight would vote for Bill Clinton over Obama...
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I wouldn't say that about Bill Clinton. Even if he didn't attain the "transformational" status that all presidents, from Bush to Obama, aspire to be, I definitely think he was an above-average president. Amongst many other things, his contributions included The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, the ratification of NAFTA and a surplus of $559 billion at the end of his presidency. He finished his presidency with an approval rating of 68%, which suggests that the American people recognised that he did a great job, particularly in presiding over an unprecedented period of peacetime economic growth and generating way more jobs that his successor George W. Bush did.
Actually, it was Newt Gingrich that put together the plan that resulted in the projected surplus. Clinton was basically bulldozed over by the "Contract With America" and gets credit for something that was basically done in spite of his efforts, not as a result of them.
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