Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama steady, Republicans get higher marks on economy

December 7, 2010

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating held steady at 45 percent since late October despite last month’s “shellacking” of Democrats in the midterm elections, a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Dec. 2-5 showed.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scored the highest favorability rating on a list of prominent officials and politicians, followed by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a potential Republican presidential contender, and General David Petraeus. USA-TAXES/

At the bottom of the list were conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh with the lowest favorability rating, followed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In 2012 wooing the independent voter is going to be important for candidates with 19 percent of Americans identifying themselves as independents.

When it came to confidence in which party is better able to deal with specific issues, Republicans fared better than Democrats on the economy, deficit, terrorism and taxes, while Democrats were given higher marks on education and the environment.

“Republicans are positioning themselves well heading into the 2012 presidential campaign,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama at news conference)

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