Obama approval rating at 43%: Rasmussen
posted at 10:12 am on March 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama hits the campaign trail again this month in support of a tremendously unpopular ObamaCare bill — and his numbers have started nose-diving again. Rasmussen’s latest daily poll shows Obama now at 43% approval, with 56% disapproving, the lowest figures of his presidency. His “passion index” has once again hit its lowest level at -21, as less than a quarter of registered voters now strongly approve of his performance:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).
Forty-two percent (42%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 72% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 17% Strongly Approve and 45% Strongly Disapprove. …
Overall, 43% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That, too matches the lowest level yet recorded for this President. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.
So far, this hard pivot to the economy has worked out well for Obama, hasn’t it? Three months ago, the White House had accurately diagnosed the political problem for Obama’s slide in the polls. Obama and the Democrats had spent most of the year haggling over a progressive hobby horse while American unemployment skyrocketed. They pledged to backburner the ObamaCare effort and start focusing on jobs, but they only turned out a wan $15 billion package that won’t stimulate any new job creation at all.
Now, Obama wants to double down and force ObamaCare through when he should be starting from scratch. He’s filling every available moment with his campaign, sucking all of the oxygen out of job-creation efforts, while his pet project only gets less popular by the day. Small wonder that only 22% of the electorate has strong approval of his performance.
It took George Bush almost six years to get to this level of job approval. Obama’s managed it in 14 months. That’s change no one can believe in, apparently.