I’m not one to point out polls on a regular basis, primarily because the results can be so different depending on the questions asked and the way the questions are asked. But anyway … A CNN poll has President Obama’s approval at 48 percent, 7 points less than it was just one month ago.
CNN Poll: Obama approval under 50 percent
President Obama’s job approval rating has slipped below 50 percent according to a new CNN poll.
Washington (CNN) – Support for President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan policy is fairly high, but that hasn’t stopped his approval rating from dropping below 50 percent for the first time in a CNN poll.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released Friday, 48 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing as president, with 50 percent disapproving. The 48 percent approval is a 7 point drop in approval from last month.
“The poll indicates that the biggest drop in approval comes from non college educated white voters,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “That’s one indication among many that Obama’s growing unpopularity may be more related to unemployment and the poor economy.”
The same poll had Obama’s approval ratings in the 60s between mid-February and late-June, with a significant drop in August and another this month. The CNN poll results have been posted online.
No matter what the Hollywood left thinks, 62 percent favor Obama’s push to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, and 46 percent “favor” the war in Afghanistan. (I don’t like those questions.) 59 percent think it was a bad idea to announce the withdrawal policy at this time.
61 percent do not think conditions on the ground will be good enough to start removing troops in July 2011. 64 percent blame Bush for the current situation in Afghanistan and 34 percent would still blame Bush if things did not improve by July 2011.
We don’t have the internals, so we do not know what the liberal/conservative break down is from the poll. Take them all with a grain or two of salt.