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July 02, 2009

Quinnipiac Poll: Obama Losing Independents

How the Cookie in Chief crumbles:

While President Obama's approval-to-disapproval numbers after months in office remain a more than respectable 57 percent to 33 percent, his standing among independents has moved in a negative direction by a net 12 points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted June 23-29.

Fifty-two percent of independents approve of Obama's performance compared to 37 percent who don't, a falloff from the 57 percent to 30 percent standing with them he enjoyed in early June.

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"Those who liked President Obama the most from the start - African-Americans, Democrats, women - still like him by the same margins, but a chunk of voters who were undecided have decided he's not their cup of tea," said Quinnipiac's Peter Brown. "Among independents, men, white Catholics, white evangelical Christians and Republicans, his numbers have fallen. He still has a ways to go before his coalition becomes politically unstable, but there are some groups and issues - especially the economy - where he needs to make sure this trend does not continue."

Voters approve of Obama's handling of the economy by 52 percent to 42 percent, a margin five points less than in April. In this category, independents divide by 47 percent to 46 percent.

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It's a closer call on health care where 46 percent approve of Obama's handling of the issue compared to 42 percent. Independents disapprove 48 percent to 37 percent.

Those economic numbers don't seem too good to me, either, especially with independents now splitting against him.

Rasmussen finds similar erosion on the economy.

A Rasmussen video report notes that 42% now give the President good or excellent marks for handling the economy . That’s his lowest rating to date …

Overall, 53% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far. Forty-six percent (46%) disapprove.


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