Obama Approval Down to 50%

Only 38% approve of his handling of health care, a Quinnipiac poll shows
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2009 2:01 PM CDT
President Barack Obama arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s approval rating took another dip this week, as health care reform and the deficit continue to trouble some Americans, Bloomberg reports. Exactly half the registered voters surveyed said they approve of the job Obama is doing, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today. That's down from an approval rating of 57% in late June; 42% disapprove, up from 33%.

Voters disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, 49% to 45%, and object to his handling of health care reform, 52% to 38%. On foreign policy, 52% like the job Obama’s doing, and 38% don’t. A “willingness to give him the benefit of the doubt is, among some voters, evaporating,” said the assistant director of the Quinnipiac polling institute.