Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama approval hits new low, but Republicans catch blame too
President Barack Obama’s approval rating sank to a new low of 45 percent, while his disapproval rating rose to 52 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll. It was the first time more Americans disapproved than approved of Obama in an Ipsos poll since he became president.
But Republicans had little to crow about because they were blamed more than Democrats for Washington being broken, according to the August national poll.
Among registered voters the readings were about even when looking ahead to the November midterm elections, with 46 percent likely to vote for Republican candidates and 45 percent for Democrats.
Unemployment topped the list of economic worries with 92 percent of those surveyed expressing concern. The unemployment rate in June and July was 9.5 percent.
“Ninety-two percent, that’s a very, very high number,” Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said. “We’re seeing (an interest in) a jobs agenda that we haven’t seen in almost two decades.”
Of those surveyed, 62 percent believe the country is on the wrong track.
And 78 percent believe Washington was not working effectively because of fighting between the parties, for which 36 percent blamed Republicans, 28 percent blamed Democrats and another 28 percent blamed both parties. Since late February, the biggest shift has been the increase in the number of people blaming both parties.
On the extend vs. expire debate about tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush, the poll showed that 49 percent want to extend those tax cuts for all Americans, while 31 percent want the tax cuts to expire for people earning more than $200,000 a year.
The survey interviewed 1,063 adults Aug. 19-22 and had a margin of error of 3 percent.
Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (cutouts of Obama and Republican Sarah Palin in shop window in Edgartown, Massachusetts)