Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama approval hits new low, but Republicans catch blame too

August 24, 2010

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. OBAMA/

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.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (cutouts of Obama and Republican Sarah Palin in shop window in Edgartown, Massachusetts)

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[...] Obama induced coma from all the kool-aid they drank in 2008. On the typically democrat oversampled Reuters/Ipsos poll, Obama is now underwater for the first time. Obama sits at 45% approval and 52% disapproval. The [...]

Some interesting stats, but in general, until the unemployment situation is fixed, all of those other issues are going to remain. Obama and Congress must realize that the “artificial” stimulus package that was approved, is not the long-term solution, but a short-term boost that has not fizzled out. Unless the private sector is willing to increase payrolls, all we’ve done is allowed some short-term gains, likely for the people or groups that needed it the least. Obviously, the stimulus hasn’t had any impact on unemployment because companies are back to solid profitability based not on increased output and revenue, but based on cost-cutting and corporate efficiencies. Why would corporate tax cuts and incentivizing business to hire people be a more suitable use of stimulus? The Federal Goverment needs to wake up and if the ideas of spend more and increase government is the best ideas Obama’s advisors can think of, he needs to quickly find replacements!

Posted by rwethereyet | Report as abusive

The country’s problems are just too big for any president or party to fix without very drastic and painful measures. The structure of the US economic system and culture is broken, very broken and is going to take much more than Obama can possibly do.

Posted by RichMy | Report as abusive

These polls show incumbents winning in almost every race.
We complain about Congress then send the same people back.
American voters are not too smart and mis-information sources like FOX News certainly make every thing clouded.

How can people struggling want to keep the tax cut for the rich? That is one of the main problems with our debt!

Posted by dennisaa | Report as abusive

[...] Poll: Obama Approval Hits New Low, but Republicans Catch Blame Too”–headline, Reuters, [...]

When will people realize that failed Republican “leadership” drove this nation into the ditch it’s hopelessly ensnared in at this very moment. Why hand the keys back to the same reckless driver(s) that caused you to founder, America??

Posted by dreamboynyc | Report as abusive

FACTS: January 2, 2007 Busch Unemployment…4.6%, GDP…3.5%, DOW…12,621, 52 consecutive months of job creation, a record.

Then, the next day, January 3, 2007 Congress was taken over by the Pelosi Reid communists and now the unemployment is doubled, the GDP is 1.3%, and there has not been a single month of job creation under Obama since he took office. Add to this, Obama has piled $5 Billion PER DAY of debt onto every man, woman and child in the U.S……3 times the debt of Bush’s entire 8 year term![Washington Times - June 3, 2010]

Posted by aroleflin | Report as abusive

The media seems to be running the country. The people can’t think for themselves or look for both sides of the picture. Proof positive that the school system is a disaster. Some of those candidates sound like reincarnations from the middle ages. Can you see Rand Paul or McDonnell negotiating with Iran?

Go ahead. Vote the clowns in and see what happens. Obama is not only brilliant; he is a statesman. The majority of the country obviously cannot see that. He could do incredible things for the country if he were not being maligned and the subject of intense bigotry and racism. The world is laughing at America. But since America thinks they are the only country in the world, they just blunder along.

Posted by dragonlady9947 | Report as abusive