Harris poll puts Obama approval at 45%

posted at 11:20 am on October 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama might have hoped that an unexpected Nobel Peace Prize might halt his slide in the polls. Not so, says the latest Harris interactive poll, conducted over the last week. The survey contacted over 2200 adults on line, and his numbers dropped significantly from September’s poll, giving Obama an unfavorability rating of -10:

President Obama may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but unfortunately, he is not winning accolades from the American public as his job approval rating continues its downward slide. In September, U.S. adults were split almost evenly on the job the President has been doing – 49% gave him positive ratings and 51% gave him negative ratings. This month, the number giving him positive ratings drops to 45% while over half of Americans (55%) give him negative ratings. ….

The approval ratings of the president by Democrats and Republicans are as one would expect with 77% of Democrats giving President Obama positive ratings compared to 14% of Republicans. Independents, however, are more down on the president as 60% give him negative ratings while 40% give him positive marks on his overall job performance.

The White House should also be concerned about weakness in some of President Obama’s strongest supporters. During the election, Echo Boomers (those aged 18-32) were the strongest age group supporting the president. Now they are of mixed minds on his performance as just over half (51%) give the president positive ratings and 49% give him negative ratings. The oldest generation, Matures (those aged 64 and older) are even more negative with just 39% giving President Obama positive marks and 61% giving him negative marks.

Harris gives Obama one minor point of consolation — his numbers are better than that of Congress. That’s almost always the case anyway; George Bush at his lowest point in the polls scored better than Congress. However, the Harris poll found a peak approval rating for Congress in May of 31%. It has been cut almost in half since then to 16%.

Otherwise, though, the numbers look pretty bleak. The percentage of voters rating Obama “excellent” peaked in April at 18%, but has now dropped to 10%. “Pretty good” has come in for a softer landing, from 42% in May to 35% now. “Poor” has almost doubled from April’s 15% to October’s 28%, while “only fair” has remained constant over the last seven months at around the current 27%.

As the Harris summary mentions, the only age group Obama wins is the youngest (18-32), and only barely at 51%/49%, and only 10% of these think Obama has done an “excellent” job. He loses the other three age categories by wide margins, from 10 points to 22 points. Most troubling for Obama and Democrats as they close out their first year of single-party control of DC are the independents. Obama has a -20 favorability gap among unaffiliated voters, with only 6% rating him as “excellent” while 28% rate him “poor”.

Harris did not poll on individual issues as some other surveys do. However, given the timing of Obama’s decline in the Harris poll over the year, it suggests that Obama has seriously miscalculated on the overhaul of the American health-care system — and the longer that drags out, the worse he does.


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Every time one of the polls come out I wonder, what the h*ll is wrong with 14% of so called Republicans?

farright on October 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Goldman Sachs employees?

venividivici on October 17, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Bush’s mistake was ignoring the domestic agenda, or in thinking he could get his foreign policy by allowing the left to control the domestic agenda.

No, the problem was and is the same problem we have today with Republicans in office. When Bush was being attacked 24/7…they ran away from the fight. Democrats do not do that. Their guy could be caught engaged in a cannibalistic orgy on camera and the left would laud him and he would be selected for leadership in Congress. What do our elected reps do…they scurry away with their tails between their legs whining and whimpering. Republican elected officials simply do not fight, so we lose.

JIMV on October 17, 2009 at 12:50 PM

A long as the face of republicans on TV is Snowe and Graham, we will lose voters and elections.

JIMV on October 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM

More on the Throckmorton video with some detail about the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December: http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/11031

onlineanalyst on October 17, 2009 at 12:58 PM

The oldest generation, Matures (those aged 64 and older) are even more negative with just 39% giving President Obama positive marks and 61% giving him negative marks.

I think his negatives with the seniors would mushroom to 90% if the MSM reported on how Obama was going to cut $500 billion from Medicare. The older generation still tunes in to the alpphabet networks for all of their news, so they think everything is hunky-dory.

fogw on October 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM

If every American were to see this short Youtube Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?, Obama’s ratings would wall further.

It’s a clip of Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, speaking at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He warns Americans about Obama and the Climate Change Treaty. Treaties must be ratified by the Senate, but I don’t think we want it to get to that stage.

This is urgent!

flyfisher on October 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

FLYFISHER!

I just watched that video. OMG! OMG OMG! This HAS to stopped.

EVERYONE watch that video. It’s not very long.

ALLAH, please post it.

I’m scared.

Stayright on October 17, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Wow…just watched it myself, and that was pretty scary. I certainly hope he was wrong in what that treaty contains, because if so it could be devastating. And if it DOES contain what he believes it does, then we definitely do NOT want Obama anywhere near it, because the speaker was write: Obama would definitely sign it!

Highlar on October 17, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Every time one of the polls come out I wonder, what the h*ll is wrong with 14% of so called Republicans?

farright on October 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

This is the Chris Buckley wing.

Speedwagon82 on October 17, 2009 at 1:06 PM

JIMV – I hate to have to agree with you on that one, we have a Senatorial class that’s easily bought because they’re from a little state that easily can be flooded with Federal dollars (Snowe, Collins, etc.) or believe that ‘the art of the deal’ is more important than basic principle (Graham, McCain, etc.)

JEM on October 17, 2009 at 1:06 PM

A picture speaks 1000 words. Dark, empty eyes.

/Pissed off look courtesy of Fox News

Key West Reader on October 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Sorry for my error. The speaker is Sir Christopher Monckton.

onlineanalyst on October 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

At least if Obama loses, dissent will become patriotic again.

Speedwagon82 on October 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Obama Song.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2009 at 1:11 PM

CRASH AND BURN, BIATCH!!!

RedNewEnglander on October 17, 2009 at 1:18 PM

No more old skool.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Yeah, I think HotAir ought to get up the Lord Monckton speech on its own posting. And those links from another poster show where folks HAVE read through the treaty and found exactly what Monckton was talking about. That is some scary stuff there! Thank goodness the Senate would have to ratify anything (treaty wise) the executive branch signs by a 2/3rds majority vote for it to become the rule for us here. And there’s NO way that 2/3rds of the Senate would pass that disgusting treaty onto us. But the point is, the contents of that treaty needs to become massive public information over here RIGHT NOW before Obama even gets a chance at it!

Highlar on October 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

I was going to water ski today. But, thanks to global warming, the surf is too rough and the sea is too cold. Thanks Algore! Fooker ruined my Saturday.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM

barack hussein obama,mmm,mmm,mmm!

ohiobabe on October 17, 2009 at 1:36 PM

What does Barry think when he hears stuff like this? Do his hanger-ons rush to assure him that this too is all part of the right wing conspiracy? Is he so delusional as to think that once his socialist agenda is in place, we’ll all come around to his way of thinking?

It’s these questions that make me think he’s not the one in charge; No one with his ego wants to be remembered by history as the President that made Jimmy Carter look competant.

anniekc on October 17, 2009 at 1:36 PM

DangerHighVoltage wrote:

You can only run for change once. 2012 will be interesting.

You overestimate democrats. He’ll run the exact campaign — HOPE! CHANGE! against the failed moron in the White House.

Yes, I really mean it. He’ll run against his own failure. Democrats are that dumb.

noblejones on October 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

The only problem with Obambi’s polls is that he’s taking us all down with him. What a clusterfork.

Mojave Mark on October 17, 2009 at 1:55 PM

You overestimate democrats. He’ll run the exact campaign — HOPE! CHANGE! against the failed moron in the White House.

noblejones on October 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Oh, I agree, he’ll probably recycle the campaign again, but you can only run on change once. It will be 4 years old by then and the novelty will be gone, replaced in many circles by jaded cynicism.

His campaign by then will no longer be “historic,” “fresh” or whatever stupid adjectives they once used to describe that tripe. He will not get the youth vote surge** he got the first time around, they will have mostly moved on to the next big fad. This is the problem when you’ve got nothing to back up your marketing campaign and are targeting individuals with a notoriously short attention span.

Also, a lot of those people were entitled college students who will have graduated in the interim only to discover that their Accredited Liberal Arts Degree in General Studies(tm) will not get them a job, especially when the economy is imploding. High taxes and low-wage service jobs suck, don’t they?

**There was indeed a surge, however it was much smaller than what most people will tell you.

DangerHighVoltage on October 17, 2009 at 1:56 PM

President M.T. Suit can salvage his cratering approval by VETOING the never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Health Care/Reform/Anti-Capitalist Bill currently slinking through the Corruptocrat Controlled Whorehouse formerly known as \’The World\’s Greatest Deliberative Body\’. By blaming \’those people did not listen to what I said, M.T. Suit gains the High Ground (hey, if he would thow his own sainted Grandmother under the bus, why not Nevada Harry and Madam Nancy\’s Best Little Whorehouse on the Potomac?). Then, the question is not, should they override, but rather, \’What next?\’

SeniorD on October 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I think Palin has the substance and the charisma of Reagan. I think she can sell “Morning in America” to a people who will be even more beaten down by 4 years of Obamanomics. She can bypass the media and speak directly to the People.

All true, but it won’t work. They have ruined her, and half the people would never, ever accept her.

Alana on October 17, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Over 65 voters give Obama a 61% disapproval rating?

In MY house, the over 65s give him a 100% disapproval rating, because he hasn’t done anything positive yet.

Of course, having lived in Chicago, I knew going in he’d never done anything and was likely to continue that trend. He has lived up to the bar of lowered expectations.

Other than stealth socialism via appointments and takeovers, he’s the empty suit I fully expected.

bradley11 on October 17, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I’m a huge Palin booster, but her numbers are bad, but then again, no ones talking like Obama can NEVER recover from his so who’s to say.

I do think if her book talks about the toll that the lawsuits took on her family and how the Libs handcuffed the Alaska with their witch hunt of her, I think it’d go along way towards helping her.

Also, anyone ever met a Huckabee supporter? Where ARE they?

jacrews on October 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Also, anyone ever met a Huckabee supporter? Where ARE they?

jacrews on October 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Alabama? And don’t be hatin’ I live in GA.

angryed on October 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Yeah, I think HotAir ought to get up the Lord Monckton speech on its own posting. And those links from another poster show where folks HAVE read through the treaty and found exactly what Monckton was talking about. That is some scary stuff there! Thank goodness the Senate would have to ratify anything (treaty wise) the executive branch signs by a 2/3rds majority vote for it to become the rule for us here. And there’s NO way that 2/3rds of the Senate would pass that disgusting treaty onto us. But the point is, the contents of that treaty needs to become massive public information over here RIGHT NOW before Obama even gets a chance at it!

Highlar on October 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Elsewhere I read a transcription of Lord Monckton’s Q & A session after his presentation. He indicated the Democrats have said that if they can’t ratify it as a treaty they will pass it as legislation (which could eventually be overturned).

Yesterday, in Obama’s I’ve Only Just Started speech, didn’t he say they were about to do get climate change done?

flyfisher on October 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Also, anyone ever met a Huckabee supporter? Where ARE they?

jacrews on October 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM
Alabama? And don’t be hatin’ I live in GA.

angryed

I’m in Alabama and I’m no Huckabee supporter. I’m a proud FredHead.

beachgirlusa on October 17, 2009 at 2:33 PM

I don’t think the slippage is due entirely to healthcare. I think the bonuses on Wall St. may have made people even angrier. And he pretty much blew his own communications credibility with Afghanastan. He said he had a strategy.

Obviously, he didn’t.

AnninCA on October 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Also, anyone ever met a Huckabee supporter? Where ARE they?

He’s a charmer. But presidential? Nah*

I think Romney is polling well right now because he’s shut up. LOL*

AnninCA on October 17, 2009 at 2:35 PM

CWforFreedom on October 17, 2009 at 2:36 PM

The “media” is setting up the next opponents for Obama.

We all love the Huck. He’s not a viable candidate. Neither is Palin.

Don’t let the media re-elect the ….. I don’t know what it is, it’s not a president… it’s not a food chopper, it’s not a glitter bug. It’s not a fancy purse. Not fancy pants. Not lifter shoes… but yet? He’s covered in glitter. Yeah, at the next selection I’ll vote for the bling bling. Yes we can.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM

CWforFreedom on October 17, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Was that a “glittering “0″ ” Really? If so.. well, I have no comment cause I can’t be racist and all dat chit.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. The Messiah might just come back to earth.

Terrye on October 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM

If every American were to see this short Youtube Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?, Obama’s ratings would wall further.

It’s a clip of Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, speaking at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He warns Americans about Obama and the Climate Change Treaty. Treaties must be ratified by the Senate, but I don’t think we want it to get to that stage.

This is urgent!

flyfisher on October 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM

seriously ALLAH or ED, look into this and post it. This thing should go Viral.

Daemonocracy on October 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Make that 44.999%.

argos on October 17, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Declare war on Canada!

Caper29 on October 17, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Do you really think that Barry getting creamed by a bunch of Canucks will help his girly man image?

jimmy2shoes on October 17, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Maybe he should go back on “Ellen” and dance or something. It seemed to work for him before.

HAnthonyWayne on October 17, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Declare war on Canada!

Caper29 on October 17, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Do you really think that Barry getting creamed by a bunch of Canucks will help his girly man image?

jimmy2shoes on October 17, 2009 at 5:20 PM

They’re Canadians…the Albanians could conquer Canada

Jeff from WI on October 17, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Americans aren’t stupid

I disagree.

xblade on October 17, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Anybody know what kind of tar you use and how many feathers you need?

Just thinkin’ ahead here.

justltl on October 17, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Fauxbama will fold. The next WH Wednesday night beer & bbq will lead to an extended Obender. Daddy was a drunk & the son is a confused, overwhelmed closet case.

BHO Jonestown on October 17, 2009 at 8:29 PM

They’re Canadians…the Albanians could conquer Canada

Jeff from WI on October 17, 2009 at 5:50 PM

LOL, actually the Albanians could have conquered Canada, but their Dear Leader Enver Hoxka is no longer in the building. I used to listen to Radio Tirana, they were as loopy as North Korea and Radia Habana Cuba.

Del Dolemonte on October 17, 2009 at 8:30 PM

CWforFreedom on October 17, 2009 at 2:36 PM

That’s my favorite comment of all time on all things Obama! Laughing very hard, almost fell off the chair…

Fortunata on October 17, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Every time one of the polls come out I wonder, what the h*ll is wrong with 14% of so called Republicans?

farright on October 17, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Goldman Sachs employees?

venividivici on October 17, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Or Christopher Buckley and T. Coddington Van Voorhies the VII?

RD on October 17, 2009 at 9:55 PM

I know a Republican who adores The One. She is afraid to post here.

IlikedAUH2O on October 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I know a Republican who adores The One. She is afraid to post here.

IlikedAUH2O on October 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM

If there is a “Republican” who adores the total loss of American freedom and power they are lying about being a Republican.

One might think Obama as a person is worth adoring, but his outlook on life and his plan to change us into Venezuela has nothing ideologically in common with being a Republican.

I seriously seriously doubt such a person has the brain power to be a Republican. They must be a dumb as nails Democrat.

That is consistent with not understanding that Republicans love freedom and Democrats want to give all control to government. They just don’t want the responsibility of making their own choices in life.

petunia on October 19, 2009 at 1:20 AM

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