In a First, More Americans Disapprove of Obama

Gulf spill pulls down his ratings
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 6:10 PM CDT
President Obama pauses in the Rose Garden today.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Rough news for President Obama (and others) in a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC. Highlights:

  • In a first, more people disapprove of Obama's job performance (48%) than approve of it (45%).
  • Half disapprove of his handling of the oil spill, vs. 42% who approve.
  • 62% say the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since his election.
  • One bright spot: 64% say he's likeable. (“On the personal level, the public still stays with him," says a Democratic pollster.)

  • BP gets a favorable rating of 6%. Only Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, and Yasser Arafat have scored lower in the poll's history.
  • Only one-third think the US economy will improve in a year, down 7 points from just last month.
  • 57% want a new representative in Congress, the highest percentage in 18 years.
Full results in PDF form here.

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