Obama Disapproval Rating Highest Yet

It hits 55%; job approval at 43%
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2011 5:18 PM CDT
President Obama speaks about the American Jobs Act, Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – Pundits may have applauded President Obama’s jobs speech, but it doesn’t seem to have helped his poll numbers: Now 55% of Americans disapprove of how he’s doing his job, a CNN/ORC poll finds. It’s his highest disapproval rating thus far, CNN notes; July and August polls put the figure at 54%. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who consider Obama a “strong leader” is at 48%, its lowest yet, while his overall approval rating is 43%.

But hey, Americans still like the guy: Almost 80% of respondents find him “likeable,” and majorities see him as “compassionate” and “hard-working.” Still, just 39% think he’s done well on unemployment, and only 36% approve of his work on the economy. In fact, only 9% say the president’s policies have actually improved things. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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