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September 18, 2009

Harris Interactive Poll: Obama's Negative Rating Now Exceeds His Positive, 49%-51%

Sorry about the third poll-post. I thought this one was important enough to post anyway.

Whoops! It's an online poll. But it's not a self-selecting online poll as I criticized yesterday; it seems to be like Zogby Interactive, where they find respondents through the internet but attempt to correct for the obvious biases this causes.

However, these sorts of polls, even with corrective measures, are still suspect and I don't believe most pollsters think they're particularly accurate.

On the plus side, it was a poll of adults, so it skews in favor of Obama.


President Obama’s rating is now 49% positive, 51% negative, compared to 51% positive and 49% negative in August. While the month-on-month change is not statistically significant, the latest numbers are significantly worse than his ratings in all the other Harris Polls conducted since his inauguration. In May his ratings were 59% positive, 41% negative.

* While Democrats still have overwhelmingly positive views of the president, and Republicans are overwhelmingly negative, a majority of Independents (by 54% to 46%) now give the president negative ratings. And 21% of Democrats give him negative marks.

* The 58% to 42% majority which now thinks that the country is on the wrong track is more negative than the 54% to 46% majority who believed this in August. However, the new numbers on this question are virtually the same as they were in June and July.

Obama's numbers are now a bit less than the average for presidents at this point in their term.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff.

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