Polls turning on Obama

July 24, 2009

The sky is not falling, but President Barack Obama is running into a bit of a poll problem.

Six months since he entered the White House on a tide of giddy support and even jokes that he walked on water, opinion polls are starting to turn on him. OBAMA/

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, Obama’s overall approval rating dipped below 50 percent – to 49 percent — for the first time among likely voters, compared with a 51 percent disapproval rating.

Most of the survey was conducted before Obama’s Wednesday press conference where he pressed for healthcare reform.

Rasmussen Reports will release a poll based entirely on post-press conference interviews on Sunday.

Other recent public opinion polls have shown declining approval of Obama’s handling of the healthcare issue.

But of course a few polls do not a longterm trend make.

The stock market is on the rise and that may help bump up the numbers in the future.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque ((Obama leaves White House for healthcare reform forum in Ohio)


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Approval of the Democratic party’s healthcare and economic proposals still exceed the approval of the Republican party’s “delay and kill” strategy by a 30 point margin, even on Rasmussen’s poll. The American people don’t agree with you, TC.

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