Obama Moves into Negative Territory

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Majority Now Disapprove of Performance

Raleigh, N.C. – A majority of North Carolina voters disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President according to the latest results of a new Civitas Flash Poll released today.

According to the poll of 600 registered voters, when asked if they approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President, 44 percent said they approved while 53 percent said they disapproved. Only three percent of voters said they were not sure. In early September, only 46 percent said they disapproved of his performance.

“It looks like the honeymoon is definitely ending for President Obama,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “The hope for a new direction that many North Carolinians had wished for has quickly turned into disappearing jobs, a health care bill that nobody seems to like and foreign countries that aren’t impressed by a message of hope and change.”

Obama’s initial job approval rating in a January Civitas poll was 60 percent favorable, six percent unfavorable. Last month, results showed voters were 44 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable.

Along party lines, just over a quarter of Democrats disapprove of President Obama’s performance (71 percent favorable, 26 percent unfavorable).  But among Unaffiliated voters (34 percent favorable, 63 percent unfavorable) and Republicans (17 percent favorable, 82 percent unfavorable) it turns sharply negative.

“The only support Obama has left is from within his own party,” added De Luca. “The unaffiliated voters who overwhelmingly voted for him last November have abandoned their support for him and now stand almost 2:1 against him.”

Full text of question:

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?
Approve – 44%
Disapprove –53%
No opinion – 3%

Click here for full results and crosstabs.

The Civitas Flash Poll study of 600 registered voters was conducted September 29-30 by SurveyUSA.  It has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.  Other factors such as weighting may introduce additional error.

This article was posted in Press Releases by Civitas Staff on October 7, 2009 at 9:42 AM.

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