Limbaugh's Wrong: Gallup's Obama Approval Below 50%

New survey is latest disappointment for President
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 2:03 PM CST
President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House about health care reform and Iraq's new electoral law Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – A new Gallup poll is the latest this week to show President Obama's approval ratings falling below 50%. Today's results, which appear to refute Rush Limbaugh's contention that Gallup's results are tilted to favor Obama, show 49% of voters approve of his handling of the presidency and 44% do not. A Quinnipiac University poll this week put Obama's approval at 48%, and a Public Policy Polling report showed a 49% figure.

Like Quinnipiac, Gallup assigns little significance beyond the symbolic to the drop below 50%, Politics Daily reports. "Most of the recent decline in support for Obama occurred in July and August. He began July at 60% approval," Gallup's report notes, adding: "History suggests the odds of his regaining majority approval are high, and he could do so relatively soon, particularly since the individual nightly numbers for him in recent days have been right around the 50% mark."