President Obama’s job approval inverted for the first time today. In other words, in the average of all polls tracked by www.realclearpolitics.com, for the first time more Americans disapprove of the way he is doing his job than approve of his job performance.
His approval rating is at 47%, which is the floor for him to date. His peak was 65% several weeks after his inauguration, and he has been below 50% since Thanksgiving.
The higher disapproval rating is a reflection of the steady weakening of his support that is a clear pattern since February 2009. It also reflects the intense dislike of the president in broad areas of the electorate.
These numbers, and this pattern, bode badly for the Democrats as they head into the mid-term elections. Published polls indicate the Democrats would lose 7 seats in the U.S. Senate if the election were held today, taking them down to 52 seats. The GOP only needs 40 seats to take back the House of Representatives, and with the president’s job approval below 40% among independents, that shift is certainly in the cards.
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