Rasmussen: Obama drops to lowest approval rating

posted at 11:36 am on November 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Give Rasmussen a lot of credit thus far in the Obama Era.  They predicted his decline first, have documented his rallies, and now report on the nadir of his standing among registered voters.  In their daily tracking poll, Barack Obama dropped to a 45% approval rating, tying the lowest mark of his term thus far, and hit a new record on their “passion index”:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15. This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama[.]

And, as always, independents are the key:

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 68% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, just 16% Strongly Approve and 51% Strongly Disapprove[.]

A 45/54 split in the first year in office isn’t exactly the “hope and change” Obama had in mind. The intensity of his opposition has long eclipsed the intensity of his support, but the number among independents should be alarming for Capitol Hill Democrats facing the voters in 2010. A solid majority of independents now strongly disapprove of Obama, and only a sixth of them strongly approve. Democrats know what that means for a midterm that will serve as a referendum on the President and their legislative agenda.

Byron York looks at the internals from Gallup’s tracking polls, where Obama is also under 50% among adults:

Among age groups: For the first time in the White House, Obama is below 50 percent with every age group of Americans except those between 18 and 29. He’s at 48 percent with people in the 30-49 range; 46 percent with people in the 50-64 range; and 42 percent with people 65 and over. Among those 18-29, he’s at 61 percent. …

Among income groups: For the first time in the White House, Obama is below 50 percent with every income group except those making less than $2,000 a month. He’s at 49 percent among those making $2,000 to $4,999 a month; 44 percent among those making $5,000 to $7,499 a month; and 48 percent among those making $7,500 and more a month. Among the bottom income group, those making less than $2,000 a month, Obama’s approval rating is 59 percent.

There’s more at the link, but basically Obama’s collapse is broad based and almost complete. He only polls favorably among the youngest adults (18-29), the lowest income levels, the non-religious, and non-white adults. It’s basically a portrait of the hard Left, which is exactly what his agenda represents, and the only political core he’s got. And if he sends more troops to Afghanistan, even some of these numbers may start to fall.


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Wouldn’t it be great if Ann ignored HA altogether?

DarkCurrent on November 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

There is no solution. Now, we have to absorb the toxic assets.

That’s a process.

AnninCA on November 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Loxodonta on November 24, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Are you calling her a liar?

ladyingray on November 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

And be accused of resorting to ad hominems? No way.

MarkTheGreat on November 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Shawty had them mom jeans
Boots with the fur
The whole club was looking at her
She hit da flo
Next thing you know
Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low

faraway on November 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM

In other words,

you support Obama if you are too young to know anything about life, or totally dependent on government handouts.

Otherwise, the older and wiser about life that you are, the more you oppose him. And the more you have earned in your life, the more you oppose him (exept for the tiny sliver who have achieved total financial independence, usually by birth).

When polls begin to reflect common sense knowledge, you know they are true.

notagool on November 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Fill a crane with bricks. Each brick represents a million dollars of debt. Call Paul Krugman at his house, when he answers, ask him what he thinks about our national debt again—then drop the bricks on his house.

ted c on November 24, 2009 at 11:51 AM

They’re gonna need a bigger crane….

VelvetElvis on November 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM

CBS still has him at +17. ABC/WaPo +14.

BadgerHawk on November 24, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Those “polls” have been regularly busted here for vastly over-sampling Democrats.

Well, personally, I think the act was fine. I think the problem was when Freddie and Fannie agreed to buy up derivatives and Frank told the country not to worry. They ignored Bush’s warnings. He was obviously dead right.

AnninCA on November 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Props for giving credit to the evil Boosh. But remember McCain said the same thing. Both were laughed at by the Democrats.

However, you forget that Fannie was run into the ground by former Clinton Administration officials, namely former assistant AG Jaimie “I allowed 9/11 to happen” Gorelick, and Howell Raines-who also had ties to O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on November 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

They’re gonna need a bigger crane….

VelvetElvis on November 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Since we are not building many houses nowadays, bricks should be easy to come buy…so should cranes.

WashJeff on November 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Nobody likes a wimpy whining can’t get it done loser

bluegrass on November 24, 2009 at 2:24 PM

And be accused of resorting to ad hominems? No way.

MarkTheGreat on November 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Wimp.

ladyingray on November 24, 2009 at 2:31 PM

…can anyone name a success for team Obumbler?

jukin on November 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM

He performed a kicka$$ execution of that fly!

ya2daup on November 24, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Obama was given the lowest ratings possible for a presidential candidate, and he is not making liars out of anyone.

Cybergeezer on November 24, 2009 at 2:36 PM

And he was predicted to be incompetent, and he is living up to that, too.

Cybergeezer on November 24, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Go! Go! Go! Go!

PaddyJ on November 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM

The Jap(anese_) love him…

ted c on November 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Wimp.

ladyingray on November 24, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I’mn not a wimp, I’m a beta male.

MarkTheGreat on November 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM

The Jap(anese_) love him…

ted c on November 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Man, are you misinformed. They trust, but verify.

Cybergeezer on November 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM

forgot the //s/ tag geez

ted c on November 24, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I’mn not a wimp, I’m a beta male.

MarkTheGreat on November 24, 2009

synonymous…

ted c on November 24, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Obooboo is all about setting records.

Blacksmith8 on November 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Obama’s at 45%, Congress is at what, 25%?

Bush’s numbers were much lower, and he didn’t get out there and fight for himself. He just allowed the Democrats to have their way with him month after month until the American public was forced to believe all the Democrat slanders. How were Republicans supposed to defend Bush when he wouldn’t even defend himself?

Now we have this ObamaNation to contend with. The Democrats are determined to enslave us and destroy us. The failure of Bush to defend himself and this nation from Obama and the Democrats has led us to the slaughter.

jay12 on November 24, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Now we have this ObamaNation to contend with. The Democrats are determined to enslave us and destroy us. The failure of Bush to defend himself and this nation from Obama and the Democrats has led us to the slaughter.

jay12 on November 24, 2009 at 3:06 PM

So everything that has occurred since 1/20/09 is GWB’s fault? I don’t think so.

The fact of the matter is that we are where we are because there are too many sheeple out there. Too many people who bought into the filthy lying coward’s centrist campaign crap and then didn’t rise up the minute the bastard put on his Mao hat and started turning the country into a socialist state.

highhopes on November 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM

The graph loooks soooo … Christmasy … (Christmasie? … Christmasish?)

Tony737 on November 24, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Humpty Obama sat on a wall
Humpty Obama had a great fall
All the Soro’s horses and all the MSM spin
Could not put Humpty back together again.

Geochelone on November 24, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I am surprised it took this long. I just hope he does not stage a comeback. It seems as if he has been president for years and years and years…I am ready for a change.

Terrye on November 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Now that his poll numbers are headed downhill, they can only pick up speed. It’s obvious that Dear Leader won’t step on the brake of national decline.

darwin-t on November 24, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Still too high for my liking. I can’t believe he’s not in the 20s. The Captain is scuttling the boat, and some people just want to give him time to do it.

Axeman on November 24, 2009 at 4:23 PM

He only polls favorably

among the youngest adults (18-29)

They haven’t figured out how much he’s going to ‘burn’ their pockets with ObamaCare, tuition taxes, has affected their unemployment…they’ll wake up when milk money runs out.

the lowest income levels

He’s the ACORN man, their man.

the non-religious

He is one of them.

and non-white adults.

Well, he does have a good tan.

Schadenfreude on November 24, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Axeman on November 24, 2009 at 4:23 PM

They all over sample libs, but not as much as ABC/CBS and CNN.

By all accounts the US is a center right country which puts the lie to the samples. Bozo’s true numbers are probably in the low 30′s. But since we can’t get and honest poll (see the easter bunny for details) we’ll never have hard numbers.

dogsoldier on November 24, 2009 at 4:28 PM

My poll has Obama at ZERO!

I just ain’t buying the “jobs saved/created”. The firing of IG Walpin smacks of corruption as does bailing out the UAW.

TN Mom on November 24, 2009 at 4:32 PM

He had a great strategy. “If the Democrats are the party of the poor, just create lots more poor….”

RBMN on November 24, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Great bumper sticker!

lovingmyUSA on November 24, 2009 at 4:39 PM

It’s basically a portrait of the hard Left, which is exactly what his agenda represents, and the only political core he’s got.

Don’t forget his media whores as the biggest reason he’s been able to maintain even these levels otherwise his numbers would already be at Bush levels.

chickasaw42 on November 24, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Twas the weeks before Christmas and all cross the map
Bambi’s image was fading and his poll numbers were crap

LibTired on November 24, 2009 at 11:56 AM

+++1000

lovingmyUSA on November 24, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Paul Begala was just on CNN and said (and I am not making this up) that the Democrats should keep blaming O’bama’s failures on the evil Boosh for….the next 80 to 90 years. Yep, that will work.

Del Dolemonte on November 24, 2009 at 4:57 PM

My poll has Obama at one.

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CWforFreedom on November 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

CWforFreedom on November 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Dude, that’s the best and funniest threadkiller I’ve ever seen! :p

Fortunata on November 24, 2009 at 10:05 PM

CWforFreedom on November 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM

PheNOMinal!

Has Team Obama been turned loose on the pollsters yet, telling them to shut the hell up?

HAnthonyWayne on November 24, 2009 at 10:29 PM

Fools!Soon you\’ll discover the error of your ways and like me once again. Don\’t you realize that the only way to make money is to spend it. This is especially true if you never had the money in the first place. If you owe $10,000 increase that debt to $30,000 and then more than triple it to $100,000. Soon you will be debt free. Trust me, I\’m Barack Obama and I have it on the best authority from people I trust with with life.: Mary Landrieu, Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, ACORN, SEIU, Nidal Hasan (certified member of my Transition Team) and KSM.Trust me. I\’m Barack Obama. You saw how the stimulus created jobs. You saw the successful \’Cash for Clunkers\’ program magnificently manipulated by my Treasury genius Tim Geithner and soon my brilliant Health Care Plan will save billions of dollars and millions of lives, cover everybody, be efficient and lower costs and be the envy of the entire world. Thanks to my efficient leadership unemployment never went lower than 7.5 %, we have China right where we want them, we\’re winning in Afghanistan, Iran has given up nuclear weapons, the National Debt has declined from $12 trillion to zero, the United Nations , Western Europe and Russia love us and Muslim countries have given up Sharia Law. Now, don\’t we think I\’m great?

MaiDee on November 24, 2009 at 10:35 PM

Just have to share this-Chinese friend emailed me a little while ago. Her English is fair, but she had read on some blog or message board over and over where they were calling BarryO a douchebag. She wanted to know what it meant. She says those in her age group (shes 24) have been making jokes about BO and his insatiable love of bowing. I dont have a single Chinese friend or business contact that likes him. Where’s all that foreign love we were hearing about???

di butler on November 24, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Time to kick the dog…the closest one now seems to be General McChrystal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 24, 2009 at 11:23 PM

I really don’t think that Soetoro cares a lick about his ratings. He’s all about dismantling everything. He’ll worry about getting re-elected when the time comes to really start lying again … like every other sentence instead of every day.

Ricohoc on November 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM

I really don’t think that Soetoro cares a lick about his ratings. He’s all about dismantling everything. He’ll worry about getting re-elected when the time comes to really start lying again … like every other sentence instead of every day.

Ricohoc on November 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM

now report on the nadir of his standing among registered voters?

You mean bowing?

dthorny on November 25, 2009 at 6:21 AM

can anyone name a success for team Obumbler?

jukin on November 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM
He performed a kicka$$ execution of that fly!

ya2daup on November 24, 2009 at 2:36 PM

And energized conservatives to the point where he will get thoroughly and rightly kicked in the azz in 2010.

Call it Acornholled.

dthorny on November 25, 2009 at 6:35 AM

Why is Obama facing the people he bows to? Shouldn’t he be facing away when he’s bent over? In fact, shouldn’t he be grabbing his ankles?

olesparkie on November 25, 2009 at 7:26 AM

I don’t know why we conservatives celebrate these numbers. Personally, in light of any president trying to socailize our country, it frightens me that his support is any where near to what it is. 45% of the country supporting socialism is not a good thing. A potential insight to the next election? Maybe. But a good thing? NO!
And for those of you like Rush who think this is a one term President, just keep in mind that if any political party could ruin what should be an easy election victory, it’s the Republican Party. Just put Osama-Obama against any “It’s his turn he’s been around forever Republican” and see what we get. It’ll be loss at the election polls again. Especially if the republicans sweep the next round of elections in 2010. Alot of independents will keep Obama in office for the sake of “Balance”. In the end, these polls don’t mean jackszit when the Republican party is the master of electoral screw ups.

MichiganMatt on November 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

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