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October 15, 2009

FoxNews Poll: Obama Approval Below 50%; and Only 43% Would Vote to Reelect Him

The FoxNews poll going below 50% is important for two reasons: 1, Rasmussen's daily tracking has had him below 50%, as did one Zogby interactive poll. But these polls tend to show lower levels of support for Obama (not that that makes them wrong -- just that they consistently show lower levels of support).

2, FoxNews' poll has actually tended to give Obama middle-of-the-polling-pack ratings, and one week, his only notably high rating (54% when everyone else had it at 51-52).

So this is something of a watershed. This is the first time, IIRC, a non-robocall, non-interactive online poll has put him below 50%.

In what may be the ultimate job rating, 43 percent of voters say that they would vote to re-elect President Obama if the 2012 election were held today, down from 52 percent six months ago, from April 22-23, 2009.

Obama's job approval rating comes in at 49 percent this week. That's down just one percentage point from late September, but it marks a new low approval for the president -- and the first time the Fox News poll has measured his approval below 50 percent.

Moreover, the number of Americans saying they would vote to re-elect President Obama has dropped. If the election were held today the poll finds more voters say they would back someone else in the 2012 election than would back the president.

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On Afghanistan, 41 percent of Americans say they approve of the job Obama is doing and 43 percent disapprove. For his handling of Iran, 44 percent approve and 43 percent disapprove.

On the president's handling of the economy, voters are almost equally split: 48 percent approve and 49 percent disapprove. On health care, some 42 percent approve of the president's performance and half disapprove, 50 percent.

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And while 38 percent think President Obama is getting good advice from his advisors, a larger number -- 45 percent -- think he is "listening to the wrong people"

Over at Gallup, Obama got a goofy 6 point spike in approval after his Nobel Prize farce, but is now sinking back to his normal just-around-50% level.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff.


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