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

(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."

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia yesterday.
President Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia yesterday.   (Getty Images)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow

The economy is going through a rough patch, and that more than anything is going to determine President Obama's future. - Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson

« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
SHARE YOUR TAKE: Twitter Facebook
Check out another Brilliant story: Ray Rice Jersey Swap 'Overwhelms' Ravens
12%
Annoying
12%
Hilarious
4%
Intriguing
16%
Depressing
52%
Brilliant
5%
Scary
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!