Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low for Obama

In wake of Libya intervention, just 42% like job he's doing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2011 1:11 PM CDT
President Barack Obama gestures while speaking about his plan for America's energy security, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Georgetown University in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama’s poll numbers are in the doghouse again. Just 42% of the public approves of the job Obama’s doing, compared to 48% who disapprove, an all-time low for the president, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll found that Americans were less likely than ever to consider Obama a strong leader, with only half agreeing to that statement—down from 73% in 2009.

The situation in Libya may have played some role in the declines. In Quinnipiac’s poll, which was conducted before Obama’s speech on Monday, respondents disapproved of America’s involvement 47%-41%, and by a 58%-29% margin said that Obama hadn’t explained the US goals there clearly enough. Yet 53% said they approved of using cruise missiles to destroy Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses, and 65% said they approved of using military force to protect Libya’s civilians. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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