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article imageGallup: President Obama's job approval now below 40 percent

By Michael Krebs     Aug 14, 2011 in Politics
In the wake of the US downgrade and during a key political weekend for the Republican Party, the latest poll from Gallup positions President Obama at his lowest approval rating since taking office.
President Obama's job approval has dipped below 40 percent for the first time in his presidency, according to the latest poll released by Gallup, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.
The Gallup poll covered a three-day period from August 11 through August 13, a span that extended through the GOP debate in Iowa on Thursday and the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.
The White House has been rocked with criticism, as unemployment has persistently remained over 9 percent and as S&P moved to downgrade the United States from AAA to AA+ following an inability by Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve the nation's debt troubles. However, the 39 percent job approval figures reflected in the Gallup survey results mark the lowest point in the Obama presidency and likely spell meaningful trouble for Mr. Obama's re-election campaign.
54 percent of Americans surveyed by Gallup disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, a record peak for the Obama presidency.
The Gallup numbers were gathered on "telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 adults," according to the Gallup web site.
The figures come during a weekend of re-invigoration in the Republican Party, as Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his presidential candidacy and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll, just topping a mobilized campaign from Congressman Ron Paul, as was reported in Digital Journal.
In his push for re-election, President Obama is planning a Midwest bus tour starting on Monday, according to Reuters.
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