Obama's approval rating on economy hits new low

WASHINGTON Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:35pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall-style event in Alpha, Illinois August 17, 2011. Obama is on a Midwest bus trip through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall-style event in Alpha, Illinois August 17, 2011. Obama is on a Midwest bus trip through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Approval of President Barack Obama's handling of the U.S. economy has fallen to a new low of 26 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday in the aftermath of a bruising fight with Congress over federal spending.

Seventy-one percent of Americans said they disapproved of Obama's handling of the economy, up 11 percentage points from mid-May, when Gallup last questioned people about the issue.

Approval of his handling of the economy fell by 11 percentage points from 37 percent in mid-May.

The president had similarly low approval ratings on other economic issues. Only 24 percent of Americans approved of Obama's handling of the federal budget deficit, while 29 percent approved of his efforts to create jobs.

The poll came two weeks after Congress and the president agreed on a deal to cut U.S. federal spending following a bitter political struggle that took the government to the brink of a potential default.

The president's overall job approval rating among voters questioned August 11-14 was 41 percent, slightly lower than other polls conducted in August.

Approval for Obama's handling of the Afghanistan war was also sharply lower. His ratings have fallen by 15 percentage points since mid-May, when they hit 53 percent after the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Since then, however, approval of his handling of Afghanistan has dropped to 38 percent, possibly reflecting public reaction to the downing of a U.S. military helicopter in which 30 Americans were killed, most of them elite special operations forces, Gallup said.

The poll was based on 1,008 telephone interviews with U.S. adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

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Comments (13)
AltecLansing wrote:
Gitmo still open. Still in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya, with at least 1 trillion dollars squandered on war profiteering. 5,000 military bases throughout the world, by the Pentagon’s own reckoning. 1 in 5 American children living in poverty. 14 million unemployed. Top 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million. Jobs created overseas by the multinationals, but not at home (…unless you count Texas …”want fries with that?”) And this guy’s got no message, no clue, and no gonads. Yeah, those poll numbers sound about right.

Aug 17, 2011 7:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EN3 wrote:
First off Barack obama will blame someone else it doesn’t matter what the rating say. Two And most importantly with americans short Attention span he only need to be good about a month before the election.

Yes he coulda done something about the economy and jobs when you first got in but he wanted to go down in history as the president who brought national healthcare to the united states. He’s not satisfied with just being president. Is narcissistic he wants to be a heroic historical figure. The president who brought healthcare to the united states, in his own words that is his proudest achievement. He just didn’t think in his own little narcissistic mind that many americans would not favor his brand of healthcare. In his own mind He is saying they just don’t know how great I am, so would have to beat someone else’s fault those nefarious republicans are at fault because in his mind he is far too superior to fail.

Aug 17, 2011 9:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
docroc wrote:
However low his rating is, it’s a lot higher than that of Congress!

Aug 17, 2011 12:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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