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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Obama Full-Month Approval in August Falls to Lowest of His Presidency

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_month_by_month

When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below.
In August, the number who Strongly Approve of Obama’s job performance was at 21%.  That’s down three points from 24% in July and the lowest level measured during Obama's entire presidency.  The previous low was 23% reached in both April and June of this year.

Since July 2009, the number who Strongly Approved of the president’s performance has now ranged from a low of 21% to a high of 31%.  By comparison, 43% Strongly Approved of Obama's performance in January 2009.

The number of voters who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s performance increased a point from July to 42% in August.  The number of voters who Strongly Disapproved has ranged from 37% to 44% since July 2009.

The full-month Presidential Approval Index rating for August is down four points from July to -21.  That’s by far Obama's lowest full-month approval index rating since taking office in January 2009.  Prior to this survey, Obama’s lowest level of approval was -17, reached three times since January 2009.  With a few exceptions, the president’s approval index rating has stayed between -14 and -17 since the beginning of 2010.

The full-month numbers for August show Strong Approval from 43% of Democrats, while 73% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among voters not affiliated with either party, 14% Strongly Approve and 42% Strongly Disapprove of Obama's job performance.

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Monthly Approval Index August 2011
 
The president’s total job approval dipped two points in August to 44%, also the lowest level of approval to date.  The last time half (50%) of voters approved of Obama’s performance was in July 2009.  For 2011, prior to this survey, the president’s total job approval on a full-month basis has remained in the narrow range of 46% to 49%.  Throughout 2010, Obama’s full month approval ratings ranged from 45% to 47%.
Fifty-five percent (55%) disapproved of the president’s performance in August, the highest level measured yet.  That finding has ranged from 49% to 54% since July 2009. 
Monthly Obama Total Approval August 2011
The economy remains the top issue on the minds of voters, while perceptions of the president’s handling of the issue has fallen to a new low.
Most voters continue to blame the struggling economy on the recession that began during the Bush administration, but the number who trusts their own economic judgment more than Obama’s is at a new high. 
Voters continue to have mixed views on the president’s leadership style.
Obama earns his lowest level of support yet against a generic Republican in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup for the week ending Sunday, August 28.  For the first time this year, Texas Governor Rick Perry leads the president in a national Election 2012 survey.  Other Republican candidates trail the president by single digits.  
2009
 Strongly
 Approve
 
 Strongly
 Disapprove
 
 Approval
 Index
 
 Total
 Approve
 
 Total
 Disapprove
 
Jan
43
20
23
62
34
Feb
39
25
14
59
39
Mar
37
30
7
57
42
Apr
35
31
4
55
44
May
35
29
6
57
42
Jun
34
32
2
54
45
Jul
30
37
-7
50
49
Aug
30
39
-9
49
50
Sep
31
39
-8
49
51
Oct
29
39
-10
48
51
Nov
28
40
-12
48
52
Dec
26
41
-15
46
53
2010
         
Jan
27
41
-14
47
52
Feb
25
39
-14
47
52
Mar
27
42
-15
46
53
Apr
30
41
-11
47
52
May
27
41
-14
46
53
Jun
26
42
-16
46
53
Jul
26
43
-17
46
54
Aug
27
43
-16
46
53
Sep
27
44
-17
45
54
Oct
28
43
-15
47
52
Nov
26
42
-16
46
53
Dec
25
40
-15
46
53
2011
         
Jan
27
38
-11
48
51
Feb
26
39
-13
47
52
Mar
25
40
-15
46
53
Apr
23
38
-15
47
52
May
25
36
-11
49
50
June
23
38
-15
47
52
July
24
41
-17
46
53
August
21
42
-21
44
55

Platinum Members have access to other measures of the president’s performance which can be found on the new Presidential Page.  This page includes full demographic breakdowns, a first-hand look at crosstabs and historical trends for the president.

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