National Journal, Headline: Obama Falls to New Lows in End-of-Summer Polling
ABC News/Washington Post and NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls released early Tuesday show President Obama with the lowest job ratings of his tenure, leading Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, to proclaim that “Obama is no longer the favorite to win re-election.”
In the ABC News/Washington Post poll, 43 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing, while 53 percent disapprove. Obama’s previous low in the ABC/Washington Post poll was 52 percent, recorded almost exactly a year ago after yet another summer slump for Obama.
In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Obama’s approval rating stands at 44 percent, while 51 percent disapprove.
Washington Post, Headline: Obama ratings sink to new lows as hope fades
Public pessimism about the direction of the country has jumped to its highest level in nearly three years, erasing the sense of hope that followed President Obama’s inauguration and pushing his approval ratings to a record low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
More than 60 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy and, what has become issue No. 1, the stagnant jobs situation. Just 43 percent now approve of the job he is doing overall, a new career low; 53 percent disapprove, a new high.
Politico, Headline: Battleground Poll, Obama approval rating down amid deep economic fears
The debt-limit showdown and the stalled economy have tarnished President Barack Obama’s standing with voters and dampened their optimism about America’s future, with nearly three out of four voters now saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll.
The dim public outlook is a blunt reminder of why the White House has so much riding on the president’s high-stakes economic speech Thursday and the success of his latest push for a jobs package.
Capturing a rapid erosion of confidence through the summer months, the poll found 72 percent of voters believe the country is either strongly or somewhat headed in the wrong direction, a jump of 12 percentage points since May.
Beltway Confidential, Headline: Poll: 81% say Obama economic policies not working
There’s a lot of terrible news for President Obama in new polls by the Washington Post-ABC News and the Wall Street Journal-NBC News. The number of Americans who say the country is on the wrong track has risen to its highest level since just before Obama took office — into what one commentator calls the “incumbent death zone.” His job approval rating is down. The number of people who disapprove of his handling of the economy is rocketing upward. And then there is this question, asked by the Post-ABC:
Do you think Obama’s economic program is making the economy better, making it worse, or having no real effect?
Just 17 percent say the president’s program is making the economy better, while 34 percent say Obama’s program is making the economy worse and 47 percent say it is having no real effect. Combine those last two numbers, and 81 percent say the Obama economic program is not working — a devastating number in a country in which economic concerns top all other issues in voters’ minds.
All that adds up to a president in major trouble as he faces re-election next year.