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OBAMA JOB APPROVAL RATING DROPS NINE POINTS
Poll Finds Decreased Confidence in Stimulus Spending and Concerns Over Deficit
Double-Digit Increase in Percentage of Voters Saying Country Is On the “Wrong Track”
New York, July 15, 2009 – The Diageo/Hotline Poll of 800 U.S. registered voters conducted by FD from July 9-13, 2009, finds that the percentage of American voters who approve of the job President Obama is doing has dropped nine points to 56%. The previous Diageo/ Hotline Poll, conducted from June 4-7, found that 65% of voters approved of the job he was doing.
Obama’s Job Approval Ratings
With 56% of voters approving of the job he is doing, the Poll finds President Obama’s job approval rating is at its lowest level recorded in the six monthly Diageo/Hotline Polls since President Obama took office.
President Obama’s Job Approval Ratings – January – Present
Interestingly, compared to June, the decrease in Obama’s job approval ratings is being driven primarily by decreases among male voters (-15 points), Independent voters (-15 points), and rural voters (-15 points).
President Obama’s Job Approval Ratings among Males, Independent Voters and Rural Voters
Other Key Opinion Metrics Seeing Dips
The Poll also finds that the percentage of voters who say that “things are seriously off on the wrong track” has increased 12 percentage points from a record-low of 43% in last month’s Poll to 55% in today’s Poll.
Furthermore, recent shifts in the public’s confidence in Obama to “bring real change to the way things are done in Washington, D.C.” indicate a dip in confidence among voters. In the February Poll, a record-high of 70% of voters indicated that they were confident in Obama to bring real change, compared with 56% four months later in today’s Poll. This current confidence rating of 56% also represents a nine-point percentage drop since the June Poll (65%).
Additionally, in looking ahead to 2012, the Poll finds that 42% of voters say they would vote to re-elect President Obama, while 39% say they would vote for someone else. The June Poll found that 46% of voters said they would vote to re-elect President Obama and 30% of voters would vote for someone else.
Decreasing Levels of Confidence in the Stimulus Package
The Diageo/Hotline Poll also finds a significant decrease in voter confidence in the stimulus plan passed in February. Specifically, the Poll finds only 39% of voters are confident the stimulus plan will be successful in turning around the economy, a decrease of 13 percentage points from the 52% of voters who expressed confidence in June.
Commenting on the connection between the drop in President Obama’s job approval numbers and decreased confidence in the stimulus plan, Amy Walter, Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline noted that, “To revise the infamous Colin Powell ‘Pottery Barn’ rule, President Obama didn’t break the economy, but he now owns it.”
Strong Opposition to Additional Stimulus and Quicker Recovery vs. More Debt
In the context of decreasing levels of confidence in the current stimulus package, coupled with discussion about the viability of another one, the Poll shows very little support for a proposal for another stimulus package, with only 36% saying they would support such a proposal and 52% saying they would oppose it, with 40% saying they would strongly oppose it.
At the same time, it is clear that concerns over the prospect of greater deficits trump concerns over economic recovery. When given the choice, voters would prefer a slower economic recovery that incurs smaller deficits than a quicker economic recovery with greater deficits. Specifically, 71% of voters say they would choose a slower economic recovery with a lower deficit, compared with 23% of voters who say they would prefer a quicker recovery with a higher deficit.
A closer look at congressional ratings reveals that the approval ratings of both parties in Congress have suffered drops since the June Poll. Specifically, Congressional Democrats’ approval ratings have dropped 8 percentage points from 49% in the June Poll to 41% in today’s Poll. What’s more, approval ratings of Republicans in Congress have decreased 9 percentage points from 38% in the June Poll to 29% in today’s Poll.
Congressional Approval Ratings in June and July
Despite several shifts in public opinion since last month, the generic ballot between Democrats and Republicans in Congress has not experienced a notable change from recent past polls. The Democrats still lead Republicans in the generic ballot, with 39% of voters indicating that they would vote for the Democratic candidate and 32% for the Republican candidate, (compared with 39% and 30% in the June Poll, respectively).
To obtain complete Poll results, please see www.diageohotlinepoll.com.
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Methodology: The Diageo/Hotline Poll was conducted by telephone from July 9 – 13, 2009, among a random, representative sample of 800 registered voters, age 18 and older (margin of error +/- 3.5%).
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