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Zogby Interactive: Loss of Democrats' Support Helps Bring Obama Job Approval Down to 42%

Several Core Constituencies Souring on Obama

President Barack Obama's job approval rating is down to 42%, with a decline in approval from Democrats the leading factor.

The latest Zogby Interactive poll of 4,518 likely voters conducted from August 28-31 found 48% disapprove and 42% approve of the job Obama is doing. The poll found 75% of Democrats approve of Obama's performance, a drop of 13 points among Democrats from an interactive poll done July 21-24 of this year. That same poll found 48% of all likely voters approving of Obama's job performance, and 49% disapproving.

The Aug. 28-31 poll also found that:

   * 17% give Obama an excellent job rating, 25% rate him good, 16% fair and 41% poor.  Combining the two highest and lowest rankings shows 42% rating Obama positively and 57% negatively. (This is the standard Zogby International has used for many years in measuring job performance.)

   * Likely voters are closely split on whether they have a favorable opinion of Obama, with 50% favorable and 48% unfavorable. Democrats are more positive about Obama personally than they are of his job performance, with 85% rating him favorably.

   * 52% of all likely voters are proud to have Obama as President, and 35% are ashamed.  The percentage of those proud is unchanged from six weeks ago.

   * A majority of likely voters (53%) believe the U.S. headed in the wrong direction, with 38% saying right direction.

http://www.zogby.com/...

Originally posted to IndianaDemocrat on Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 08:47 PM PDT.

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