Gas Price Hikes Sink Obama in Poll
Latest poll shows Republicans are closing the gap
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2012 3:17 AM CDT
Updated Mar 12, 2012 4:04 AM CDT
Popularity is slipping for Obama as gas prices rise.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Just when it looked like the improving economy would lift President Obama's popularity ratings, along come soaring gas prices to drag them down. A record 50% of people now "strongly disapprove" of Obama's handling of the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Gas prices are leading the negative turn, with 65% of Americans disapproving of the president's handling of fuel costs. But Obama's ratings were also down regarding foreign policy and the deficit. All told, Obama's overall approval rating fell to 46%, and his disapproval rating climbed to 50%, the inverse of last month's poll.

With Obama's approval ratings down, Republicans now all fare better against the president in hypothetical matchups, with both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum falling within the poll's margin of error. Romney leads Obama 49% to 47%, while Santorum has closed the gap with the president to just 3 points, and now trails 46% to Obama's 49%. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, Romney leads Santorum on the question of who should get the GOP nomination 33% to 29%.

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Mar 13, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
Obama has substantially changed America. Hope you like what you voted for, it is here to stay.
Mar 13, 2012 3:32 AM CDT
Obama wanted $6 a gallon gas to force us into battery operated Tonka Toys for cars. The cars never showed. Dumber than Jimmy Carter, and that's pretty dumb.
Mar 12, 2012 10:01 PM CDT
Hey Obama (the clueless), - LET ME GIVE YOU A CLUE - Do you think those threats, and sanctions Against Iran, had something to do with the gas prices soaring, on we Americans, do you? -- CLUELESS Obama, who was hurt the most, Iran or Americans? -- Do you ever THINK before you make your clueless decisions, or is that taboo? --- You and your Voodoo economic, and foreign policies, will bankrupt America soon. -- Mr. President you are the most clueless, of all American Presidents. --------- REALLY