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President Obama receiving Negative Ratings from Over Three in Five Americans

September 27, 2010, NEW YORK, (Calcutta Tube):  President Obama is still trying hard to focus on the economy, especially jobs, but it may prove to be a little too late as more than three in five Americans (62%) give the president negative ratings on the overall job he is doing while fewer (38%) give him positive ratings. This is slightly lower than August, when 40% of U.S. adults gave him positive ratings and 60% gave him negative ones, now marking the lowest ratings of his presidency.

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOB RATING – TREND
2010
Jan Mar April May June Aug Sept
% % % % % % %
POSITIVE 40 41 41 42 39 40 38
Excellent 9 9 9 10 6 9 9
Pretty good 31 32 31 32 33 31 29
NEGATIVE 60 59 59 58 61 60 62
Only fair 30 28 26 28 29 26 28
Poor 30 31 33 30 32 34 34

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,620 adults surveyed online between September 14 and 20, 2010 by Harris Interactive.

Looking at President Obama’s ratings from a political perspective, Republicans are the most likely to give him negative ratings (93%) followed by Conservatives (86%), while Liberals and Democrats are most likely to give him positive marks (69% and 67%, respectively). Independents, however, give him more negative than positive marks, as seven in ten of them (69%) give the President negative ratings on his job compared to 31% positive.

There are regional differences in the president’s support, as well. Almost half of those living in the East (47%) give him positive marks, as do 42% of Westerners. However, almost seven in ten Southerners (68%) and two-thirds of Midwesterners (67%) give President Obama negative ratings. Interestingly, there is no evidence of a gender gap. Over three in five men (63%) and women (62%) give the president negative marks on his job performance.

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