Poll: Obama Approval Sinks on Economy Fears
Most of his lead over Romney dissolves
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 4:47 AM CDT
President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia yesterday.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Doubts about President Obama's handling of the economy have wiped out most of his lead over Mitt Romney and sent his approval ratings to their lowest since January, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. The percentage of voters who approve of Obama's job performance has dropped 3 points from a month ago to 47%, and his lead has shriveled from 7 points to 1 over the same period, the poll found.

"Independents are especially susceptible to economic pressures, which is why we see them bouncing all over the place in their approval of the president," an Ipsos pollster says. "The finding that he is not doing that well with them this month is something for Obama to worry about." The poll was taken following May's weak jobs report and Obama's ill-judged comment that the "private sector is doing fine," which fed Republican attacks. The president later said "it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine."

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Jun 13, 2012 7:48 PM CDT
Who are those people? Do they know how a bill is passed into law? Do that know that the GOP has been sandbagging the economy since January, 2009? Do they know why bills are filibustered in The Senate? President Obama can't pass laws and manage money for the country. Ask them to please take a course on The Constitution. The lackeys for the GOP still say that Obama controlled Congress in the first 2 yrs. of his term. Obama can't force 60 Senators to pass a bill because a simple majority won't.
Jun 13, 2012 10:58 AM CDT
Obama Sinks to 47% in the Polls, this is like the 4th time I've seen Newser report a variation on this, seems like every time he goes just below 50% it gets reported but never have I seen a Newser headline declaring Obama up in the polls. For those who think Newser leans to the left: why is it never reported when his polls rise? wouldn't you think a liberal source would crow about the rises and not about the down swings?
Jun 13, 2012 10:51 AM CDT
Obama comes away from what the lunatic right called a 'horrible week' with his lead intact? LOL. I cannot wait for the debates.