Obama's Approval Rating Hits New Low

Gallup registers him at 40%
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2011 4:44 PM CDT
President Obama's approval rating has hit a low of 40%.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – President Obama's approval rating has hit an all-time low of 40%, according to Gallup's daily tracking. The rating has previously dipped to 41%—most recently in April—but it had risen to an average of 46% during the past two months. At one point in June, it reached 50%. Democrats give him a 72% approval, independents gave 34%, and Republicans 13%.

Obama's debt ceiling battle with Congress is a likely trigger for the low approval, and it's on par with Americans' 41% approval rating for how he has handled the negotiations. Although Gallup doesn't publish ratings for individual members of Congress in its daily report, Obama's approval during the talks is higher than that of the House in general—which was 18% in early July. Details on the poll here. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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