Rasmussen: Strong disapproval outstrips overall approval for first time

posted at 10:55 am on December 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, Rasmussen uses its Presidential Approval Index, or what I call the “passion index,” to measure the prevailing winds of popularity for Barack Obama’s presidency.  It may need to change its metric to track when his overall approval manages to rise above the strong disapproval that has been growing in the second half of 2009.  Those streams crossed for the first time today in Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, as Obama dropped to 44% approval while strong disapproval rose to 46%:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

Fifty-three percent (53%) of men Strongly Disapprove along with 39% of women. Most African-American voters (58%) Strongly Approve while most white voters (53%) Strongly Disapprove.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans Strongly Disapprove as do 52% of unaffiliated voters. Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats Strongly Approve.

For the second straight days, the update shows the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President. That negative rating had never topped 42% before yesterday. However, it has risen dramatically since the Senate found 60 votes to move forward with the proposed health care reform legislation. Most voters (55%) oppose the health care legislation and senior citizens are even more likely than younger voters to dislike the plan.

The most worrisome trend remains the disaffection of independents.  Independent voters not only put Obama into office, they gave the Democrats a majority in both chambers of Congress.  Sixty-two percent of independents disapprove of Obama’s performance, and all but ten percent strongly.  If they continue to register strong levels of disgust, Obama will still be President in 2011, but Nancy Pelosi won’t be Speaker of the House, and Obama will have to deal with a Republican Congress holding the pursestrings.

Rasmussen notes that the increase in disapproval came after the Senate hijinks this weekend, but that points up another interesting issue in this poll.  Normally, weekends tend to be more sympathetic to Democrats on polls.  Two of the three days of this survey were Saturday and Sunday, before Reid got his cloture vote.  The bump Monday perhaps shows some of the reaction to that, but more will be coming in the next couple of days.


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Rasmussen: Strong disapproval outstrips overall approval for first time

I feel like I’m a resident of Whoville screaming to be heard but the sound just can’t break through to the conscienceless of Rip Van America.

Mojave Mark on December 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

How low will it go?

diogenes on December 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

40% overall approval by the SOTU speech.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I’ll take it.

diogenes on December 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

47% of Dems, strongly approve. Does this mean, 53% of them disapprove? And is the percentage of those African Americans that strongly approve, down? I thought it was somewhere at 70 some percent? Interesting poll.

They just don’t seem to get it though. I’ve never seen this level of deceit, cover ups, and meanderings…ever…since I was old enough to understand politics. These dark of night votes, and hoarding a bill, so no one can read it….it just way out of the realm of proper decorum, for Congress. This is why people are angry, and the numbers are growing. The problem is, they’re all to stupid, vain, and power mad, to see it.

capejasmine on December 22, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Most people trapped in an elevator going down with a Tasmanian Devil for company would ordinarily try to find a solution instead of continually tormenting the creature. Since 2006 this country has been run by Democrats just like Detroit has been forever, or so it seems. The House determines spending, not the President. Pinning the economy on George Bush is a failed mission. Indeed, warnings were put out from the White House about regulatory problems that were ignored and down the road came the banking disaster. The electorate decided to really stack the deck with another fraud-laden Democrat administration and now the chickens have come home to roost. The people of this country should view this as a great opportunity for salvage.

LarryG on December 22, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I think I will have to give him an UNPRECEDENTED B+!!

kemg on December 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Since 2006 this country has been run by Democrats just like Detroit has been forever, or so it seems. The House determines spending, not the President. Pinning the economy on George Bush is a failed mission.

The problem is that far too many people believe that the party in control of the WH is the party in control of Congress. Look at how many people said that the GOP was still in control of Congress in ’08 and pinned the economic disaster on them (and Bush. Let’s not forget that these same ignoramouses think that the President is responsible for everything).

Fortunately, they are either realizing that they were wrong, or are still under that assumption and rightly blaming the Dems.

crazy_legs on December 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Video: networks add laugh track to Obama’s announcements: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/12/breaking-news.html

Mervis Winter on December 22, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Strong disapproval is almost certainly over 50%.

Ordinarilly, you should add 10%, but that number is going down as enough people have had enough of the scumbag and are beginning to realize that their reluctance to speak up and be called a racist is contributing to the destruction of their country.

But even with the number of racial cowards declining, there must be at least 5% left, which makes the strong disapproval for the Criminal in Chief at least 50%.

notagool on December 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM

The trend is definitely encouraging, as more and more Americans are realizing the tragedy of the mistake we made in putting this guy in office. This particular poll is a very sharp jump and not reflected in many other polls (I get my info from Real Clear Politics). I’m eager to see if other polls start to reflect a sharp decline and if Ras continues to do so. It’s possible that while his approval is steadily waning that this poll is an outlier.

I for one sure hope that the decline is as steep as Ras shows. Perhaps if it is, this administration will finally wake up and start listening to what the people are shouting to him!

MJBrutus on December 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM

This poll is all wee weed up.

elduende on December 22, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Poo rolls downhill.

Akzed on December 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

40% overall approval by the SOTU speech.

SouthernGent on December 22, 2009 at 11:10 AM

And a solid 50% Strong Disapproval, SG. This should add up to a historic ass-kicking for the Democrats in November, with large percentages of blacks and 19 year olds doing what they do best and staying home.

Can’t wait to see what Crazy Aunt Nancy and Dingy Harry look like covered with hot tar and feathers.

Jaibones on December 22, 2009 at 2:46 PM

I guess those folks are getting impatient because Obama hasn’t paid all their bills yet…well, except for those guys up in Detroit I guess.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 22, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Those look like red and green crayola scribbles to me.

scalleywag on December 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I’m glad there are so many here that have noticed the deterioration in Obama’s looks.

I told my husband that he is the living embodiment of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

Greyledge Gal on December 22, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Greyledge Gal on December 22, 2009 at 3:40 PM

I don’t follow you. If his looks didn’t deteriorate (while some hidden portrait did) I would understand.

MJBrutus on December 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM

BOUNCE baby, B-O-U-N-C-E!

Yellowdog12 on December 22, 2009 at 4:16 PM

So this year, the Obama’s decorated the White House Christmas Tree with ornaments of Mao, transvestites, and of Obama on Mt. Rushmore.

maverick muse on December 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I feel like I’m a resident of Whoville screaming to be heard but the sound just can’t break through to the conscienceless of Rip Van America.

Mojave Mark on December 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Oh, yeah! Well, give it another year and you’ll feel like a resident of Hooverville. (See below.)

Hooverville – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A Hooverville was the popular name for shanty towns built by homeless people during the Great Depression. They were named after the President at the time, …

Notable Hoovervilles – In popular culture – Bibliography – References
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Dr. Charles G. Waugh on December 22, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Wonder if this situation was predicted beforehand, and if so, what did they decide would be the next move?

Also, can’t shake this feeling that we’re being toyed with psychologically.

If the majority of Americans can be made to share in a common negativity with their masters and suffer enough, then the bounce back would be more elating and, more importantly, more enduring. Most of these people voted for Obama and don’t like the idea of Him nor themselves failing.

Can’t put my finger on it, but this is something reminiscent of Stalinist Russia, Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four…or perhaps I’m merely thinking of the Stockholm Syndrome?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 23, 2009 at 2:44 AM

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