The Hill: Obama Approval Rating, Popularity Take A Hit

Mar 12, 2013

FYI -

  • In the new McClatchy-Marist survey, 48 percent of respondents disapprove of the job the president is doing, versus just 45 percent who approve — Obama's lowest rating in more than a year. In December, a full half of survey respondents approved of the president's handling of the job, and it's the first time the president has held a net negative approval rating since November 2011.
  • … voters say they prefer the Republican approach to curbing deficits by a 44-42 percent margin — a sign that the president could struggle to win new revenues as part of a broad deficit deal.

Poll: Obama Approval Rating, Popularity Take A Hit
The Hill
Justin Sink
March 12, 2013
http://ow.ly/iODaC

President Obama is losing favor with the American public, according to a new poll released Tuesday that shows both his job approval rating and personal favorability declining from his post-election highs.

In the new McClatchy-Marist survey, 48 percent of respondents disapprove of the job the president is doing, versus just 45 percent who approve — Obama's lowest rating in more than a year. In December, a full half of survey respondents approved of the president's handling of the job, and it's the first time the president has held a net negative approval rating since November 2011.

Voters are also less impressed with the president personally, with 48 percent of voters reporting a favorable impression and an equal 48 percent saying they hold an unfavorable impression. Three months ago, the president led 53-44 percent in that category. Again, the president's personal popularity was the lowest since November of 2011.

“You remove the electoral context and post-election celebration, and some of the numbers are returning to the dissatisfaction people had,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in New York, in a statement.

“Any glow from his re-election is starting to fade,” he said.

The president's declining poll numbers seem primarily driven by concerns over the economy and disappointment with Washington's inability to avert the sequester — $85 billion in across-the-board cuts to the federal budget.

Of the respondents, just 34 percent of voters say the country is headed in the right direction, despite record stock prices and declining unemployment. Moreover, 62 percent of those surveyed say the country remains in a recession, and just 22 percent say they'll be better off in the next year.

“This may be the downside of him coming out of the box stronger in the second term,” Miringoff said. “People are now looking for him to lead us out of this stalemate, provide more leadership. People see him as a strong figure and in the driver’s seat. During the election, it was him versus Romney. Now it’s him versus people’s expectations for the country.”

The president does continue to outpace Congress, and especially congressional Republicans. Just 26 percent of those surveyed approve of the job that GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are doing, and voters blame congressional Republicans over Obama for the failure to strike a sequester deal by a 45-37 margin.

Still, voters say they prefer the Republican approach to curbing deficits by a 44-42 percent margin — a sign that the president could struggle to win new revenues as part of a broad deficit deal.

 

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