Poll finds Obama losing favor among independents
President Barack Obama’s approval rating is showing the steepest decline among independents, slipping below 40 percent for the first time in a year, according to a new Gallup poll.
That’s not good news for Democrats four months before the November elections when all seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for a vote.
Even though it isn’t a presidential election year, the state of Obama’s popularity can rub off on his party with Democrats fighting to retain control of both houses of Congress. Independents could be key in determining the outcome of close races, and certainly worthy of wooing.
The Gallup poll was conducted the week of June 28 to July 4 and found that over the past year Obama lost support among all parties, but that the decline was steeper among independents than Republicans or Democrats. The most recent 38 percent approval rating among independents was down from 56 percent a year earlier.
Gallup says Obama has an overall 46 percent approval rating in the June 28 to July 4 week.
That rating is well within the company of former presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter whose approval ratings were in the 40s in July of their second year — and each of those presidents saw his party lose a substantial number of seats in that year’s midterm election, Gallup said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama in Wisconsin June 30)