Reuters-Ipsos Poll: Obama approval drops to 43 pct driven by Democrats

October 13, 2010

President Barack Obama’s poll numbers keep going down, and it’s not the Republicans who are to blame.

USA/Obama’s approval rating fell to a new low of 43 percent since he took office, down from 47 percent last month, according to a Reuters-Ipsos national poll.

Ipsos pollsters say it appears that much of that drop comes from Democrats whose approval of Obama fell to 70 percent from 78 percent last month.

Among likely voters, 48 percent said they will choose Republican candidates in the midterm elections, while 44 percent say they will vote for a Democrat. That gap narrowed in the full survey sample, with 44 percent saying they would vote for the Republican candidate vs. 43 percent for the Democrat.

Sixty-three percent said the country is on the wrong track, which was the highest since Obama took office. Sixty-five percent said creating jobs is what Congress should focus on in 2011, and most said the best indicator of economic recovery is a drop in the unemployment rate.

The economy topped the list of the most important problem facing the United States, while respondents did not mention the Iraq war.

Ipsos pollster Cliff Young predicts that Republicans will gain control of the House, while Democrats will keep the majority in the Senate in the Nov. 2 elections.

“For the House specifically we’re talking about a 45 to 50 seat swing. Our estimate is a 48 seat swing in favor of Republicans, which suggests a House that would have something around 208 seats for Democrats and 227 seats for Republicans — so a significant gain,” Young said on Reuters Insider.

Are Republicans likely to gain control in the Senate? “There’s a chance but we think it’s unlikely. Our estimates suggest something around a 52 to 48 seat advantage to Democrats,” Young said.

The survey of 1,038 adults was conducted Oct. 7-11 and has a 3-point margin of error. In that sample were 720 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.7 points.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at George Washington University Oct. 12)


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Posted by Republicans to take House at midterm vote – Reuters « Contacto Latino News | Report as abusive

Hard to believe this pole. Among other topics, Democrats are typically for ending our presence in Iraq, better health care services for the middleclass and poor, and we also don’t care too much for the Great Depression. President Obama has accomplished more good regarding these in 2 years than the Republicans in the last 8.

Go figure, pulling America out of the biggest recession seen in many of our lifetimes and creating a massive amount of jobs might take a little time? A little patience people, please.

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Posted by Fishes | Report as abusive

It is not at all that Obama’s poll numbers have dropped. Congress has had extremely low poll numbers as well, not surprising, either.
Over 15 million American workers, including legal immigrants, are unemployed. Instead of immediately work with Congress to enact some sort of immigration moratorium so that we can save all the jobs for American citizens of all racial groups, President Obama and many members in Congress want immigration “reform”. If adopted, their plan could add tens of millions of legal and illegal professional and low-skilled jobseekers to the U.S. in the next few years! Meanwhile, our federal government has recently spent hundreds of billions of dollars supposedly to create jobs– money that we borrowed from other countries.
When will our elected officials of both parties realize that adding 3 million U.S. and foreign-born people every year to the U.S. will essentially means more jobseekers, students, patients, welfare recipients, drivers, and users of energy? When will they learn from China? Over 3 decades ago, leaders in China already realized that population growth and immigration would seriously impeded its economic success. When will American leaders stop burrying their heads in the sand?

Yeh Ling-Ling

Posted by yehlingling | Report as abusive

I don’t put much confidence in poles, but I know that the Congress and Administration have done a poor job in leadership. Just listening to and seeing the mud slinging and blame makes me realze that we have a bunch of leaders acting like third graders, and getting away with it. They are that way because they are all saying what someone tells them, rather than what they might believe. I think they all should wake up before the plane crashes and they are on the outside looking into an elected interim government.

Posted by fred5407 | Report as abusive

@ OhReally68. Quote: ” President Obama has accomplished more good regarding these in 2 years than the Republicans in the last 8″. What obsequious “good” are you referring to? Barack Hussein has failed at everything he has touched, and indicators are that that it will get much worse. Democrats gained the house in 2007 so there is in fact no “Republican last 8″. The economy collapsed in 2008. We are approaching 2011 and it just keeps getting worse. People couldn’t care less about his predecessor because fast talking lawyer Barack has had more than enough time to prove himself but failed over and over again. Should we have expected anything else from a “community organizer” with ZERO experience in the real worlds of business, economics, military, international relations, etc.

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@the critic

Bush had everything going for him according to you but he still messed up.

And what can you expect from the son of a former president, a national guardsmen and a born again christian? Two wars that cannot be won (just the losses minimised), a country divided even more, single handidly crippling of the worlds biggest economy at a time when it was strong (thanks bill clinton, thanks dad for setting that up for me to ruin!) oh and doing what his buddies tell him to do and screwing us even more.

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