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Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Obama approval at 48 pct, disapproval at 48 pct

July 27, 2010

Americans are evenly split over whether President Barack Obama is doing a good job or a bad job — and few are on the fence.

A Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll found that Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings are each at 48 percent.

In the July 22-25 poll of 1,075 adults, Obama’s approval rating is in line with other polls that show his popularity below 50 percent.

USA/When it came to Obama’s handling of the economy and jobs, only 34 percent approved while 46 percent said it was unsatisfactory. That is a sharp decline from when Obama took office in early 2009, when over half approved of his handling of the worst financial crisis in decades.

A decline in the unemployment rate over a few months topped the list as the best indicator that the economy is improving.

The poll had some worrisome news for Democrats seeking to hold onto their majority in Congress in the Nov. 2 elections.

Republicans had a 46-44 percent lead over Democrats when participants were asked which party they planned to support in November. And 72 percent of Republicans said they were certain to vote, compared to 49 percent of Democrats.

Independents, whose votes can be key to the outcome of  an election, were a bright spot with 52 percent approving of Obama’s job performance.

When it came to specific issues, Obama received more unsatisfactory grades for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  On the flip side, he received satisfactory scores more often for diplomacy, terrorism, healthcare, education and energy independence.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama at the White House)

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