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New Gallup Presidential Poll
July 8, 2010 Content provided by DDC Advocacy
The Gallup organization released its monthly presidential approval poll (6/28-7/3; 3,055 adults; 1,045 self-described independents) and found that President Obama's national approval rating among independents has dropped below 40% for the first time. Only 38% of Independents expressed a positive opinion of the President's job performance versus 81% of Democrats, while Republicans registered just 12%. One year ago (July 6-12, 2009 poll) Obama scored a 56% approval rating within the independent sector. He has dropped eight points among Republicans during this same time period and even his Democratic number has slipped eight percentage points. Overall, 46% approve of the job he is doing as President and 48% disapprove. These are similar numbers to what Presidents Clinton (43%), Reagan (42%) and Carter (40%) scored after 17 months in office. The Rasmussen Reports latest daily national presidential tracking poll posts the President at 45% positive while 54% maintain a negative view of his job performance. Of those, only 26% strongly believe their positive position versus 43% who characterize the negative viewpoint in the strongest of terms. Though these are not particularly good numbers for an incumbent, they are not disastrous and can be rectified with some further public policy victories.