President Barack Obama’s job approval, which bounced slightly to a 45 – 46 percent split March 25 in the wake of his health care victory, has flattened out at 44 – 46 percent, his lowest approval rating since his inauguration, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
“President Barack Obama’s approval rating hovers at an all-time low. The White House had predicted passage of the health care overhaul would boost his fortunes, but that has not been the case, and that legislation itself remains decidedly unpopular,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Voters disapprove 55 – 40 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy and disapprove 55 – 40 percent of the way he is handling health care.
53% also disapprove of ObamaCare, which is right in line with every other poll we’ve seen since the beginning of April. Even so, 53% also say it’s a “bad idea” for states to sue to stop it from going into effect. Sentiments about repeal have been fluctuating quite a bit, so I’m not sure how much one can read into that.
Here were some other interesting results from the poll:
- 42% say they’re less likely to vote for their member of Congress if they voted for ObamaCare. That’s up from 38% in March.
- The Republican Party (33% favorable/47% unfavorable) is less hated than the Democratic Party (32/52). In June 2009, the Dem split was 42/42, so they’re going the wroooong way heading into the midterms.
- 38% approve of the way Obama is handling the task of creating jobs. 56% disapprove. These figures have been steady for months now.
- 32% have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 31% do not.
- 6% of blacks call themselves Tea Partiers. (The NY Times’ Charles Blow thinks these people are all suckers)