Gallup: Obama hit new low with business owners in the second quarter

posted at 8:41 am on July 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Gallup’s latest synthesis of its quarterly polling provides Barack Obama with a mixed bag.  Earlier, Gallup had reported a slight increase in Obama’s approval ratings, but still below the re-elect threshold, and some subgroups reflect that upward trend.  For instance, Obama’s approval rating among install/repair workers jumped 13 points — but it’s still only 44%.  Clerical/office worker approval jumped 8 points to 51%.  Most of the rest of the changes fell within the margin of error, except one:

 U.S. business owners’ approval of President Barack Obama fell in the second quarter of 2012 to 35%, essentially tying farmers and fishers for the lowest approval among major occupational groups. Overall, professional workers remain the most approving, at 52%. …

Obama’s job approval ratings by occupational group clearly relate to election preferences. Gallup previously found that Obama does best compared with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney among voters who are professionals and service workers. Romney does best among voters who work in farming and fishing or construction, or are business owners.

In the overall average for the second quarter of 2012, 47% of working Americans approved of the job Obama is doing as president, and 47% disapproved. This is slightly improved from 45% approval and 48% disapproval in the first quarter.

Obama’s best category was “professional worker,” which remained unchanged at 52/43, hardly a ringing endorsement.  Two others — clerical/office and service workers — topped 50%.  The other eight categories have disapproval ratings above 50%, including five that tie or exceed the approval rating of professional workers:

  • Manager/executive (52% disapproval)
  • Transportation worker (55%)
  • Construction or mining (53%)
  • Farming/fishing/forestry (57%)
  • Business owner (59%)

Business owners obviously weren’t terribly enamored of Obama even before the “you didn’t build that” comment.  That prompts a question as to whether the anger it stokes among entrepreneurs will really do that much damage to Obama.  He might lose a big chunk of the 35% of business owners that approved of him in the second quarter, but the class-warfare tactic could help to improve his standing in other categories.

The Romney campaign won’t let that ambiguity stop them from pressing the advantage.  They have now broken out the “you didn’t build that” campaign into state-targeted efforts.  This morning, Team Romney released this web ad for Nevada, an important battleground state in the interior West:

Presumably, these ads will hit the air when Romney can spend his general election funds, in about six weeks.


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….how low can you go?

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Obama’s best category was “professional worker,” which remained unchanged at 52/43, hardly a ringing endorsement

…hookers?

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Well, an unbiased Newsweek Poll of a number of registered Democrats at an OWS rally blows this whole story out of the water. So who are we to believe?

/

mankai on July 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

WINNING!
 
inthemiddle on July 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

rogerb on July 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

In the overall average for the second quarter of 2012, 47% of working Americans approved of the job Obama is doing as president

….WHY?

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Romney is in it to win it. Cannot wait until they have a response like this to barack’s “I am not a witch” ad.

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

None of this was hard to foresee. Which goes to show that business owners have the unfortunate obligation to pay attention to politics as much as their business for the level of interference government maintains.

Romney is unapologetically pro-business. Any business owner who doesn’t vote Romney deserves bankruptcy.

beatcanvas on July 26, 2012 at 8:47 AM

How dare those ungrateful business owners – it is so rude to disapprove of the man who is responsible for BUILDing their businesses.

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

inthemiddle on July 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

rogerb on July 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Love seeing them eat their words.

:)

mankai on July 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

That prompts a question as to whether the anger it stokes among entrepreneurs will really do that much damage to Obama.

It’ll do plenty of damage because it’s not limited to small business owners. Families, friends, good employees all know who is making it happen, and it’s not the adolescent smart-mouth sitting in the Oval Office.

forest on July 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

…hookers?

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Spit my coffee out. Well played!

search4truth on July 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Totally OT: So at barack’s staged “just happened to walk in” meeting with three (working for Obama for America) vets yesterday in Oregon, it was reported that “Obama ate half of a cheese sandwich and skipped the ham in his split pea soup.”

So barack doesn’t eat pork?

Hmmm…

I’m just sayin’…

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Goid one cuz he’s using more of obama quote

cmsinaz on July 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM

There is a pattern here:

Profit is evil.

The private sector is doing fine. The focus needs to be on putting more people on state and local government payrolls.

You didn’t build that successful business without the government helping you.

——

Obama clearly does not believe in the American dream. I guess you have to be an American to understand that kind of stuff and no matter where the bastard was born, he is no American. I look forward to ousting him from office so I can be proud of my nation once again.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

“Professional workers” include teachers, without them Obama would not score over 40% among “professional workers”…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Where is the presidential approval poll based on pet demographics.

I really, really need to know how the Yorkshire Terrier demographic is polling on Obama’s job approval.

ButterflyDragon on July 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

So the business owners, i.e. those who hire most people are 59% against Obama…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Just saw that myself RT

Pathetic

cmsinaz on July 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

On thing is for sure.

Obama has only himself to blame for his decline..

Take a bow Obama!

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

on = one

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

So barack doesn’t eat pork?

Hmmm…

I’m just sayin’…

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

But he did eat his peas..

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Obama’s best category was “professional worker,” which remained unchanged at 52/43, hardly a ringing endorsement. Two others — clerical/office and service workers — topped 50%.

In other news: Healthcare Industry loves Obama…

budfox on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Totally O/T Feel good youtube of the day about Allen West:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m62bsXCUjic&feature=youtu.be

txmomof6 on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Overall, professional workers remain the most approving, at 52%. …

Don’t feel left out professional workers. Obama’s got a lot on his plate. He’ll be getting around to screwing you as well pretty soon.

DaveDief on July 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Every time I hear more “context” of that speech, what he said gets more and more insulting.

“It must be because I worked harder than everybody else” was NOT a reason a business owner was successful? Wow. Just wow.

Mr_Magoo on July 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Parody on Obama you didn’t build it theme.

esr1951 on July 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

LOL! That was a good one. Thanks!

Night Owl on July 26, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Take a bow Obama!

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Please don’t encourage another photo-op. It’s embarrassing to us.
;-)

VietVet_Dave on July 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Keep pounding that We Built It theme Team Romney!

Excellent ad

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

“It must be because I worked harder than everybody else” was NOT a reason a business owner was successful? Wow. Just wow.

Mr_Magoo on July 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

“Livid” is the best way to describe how I feel. Especially coming from Mr. 18 holes.

beatcanvas on July 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

In other news: Healthcare Industry loves Obama…

budfox on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hospital administrators maybe…Physicians & Nurses not so much

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Totally O/T Feel good youtube of the day about Allen West:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m62bsXCUjic&feature=youtu.be

txmomof6 on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

That was very nice, thanks!

Night Owl on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Obama starting the Olympic 100 yard dash: “On your Marx, get set, go”

faraway on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Forget the cheese and peas. Someone report him to the Ramadan police. We know he feels compromised.

VietVet_Dave on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

So barack doesn’t eat pork?

Hmmm…

I’m just sayin’…

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Was Mooch along? I’m guessing she is as much an annoying food nazi at home as she is when she gives her shrill lectures in public.

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

…hookers?

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

You’re a hooker? Sheesh, I forgot. I just thought I was doing great with you.”

(There’s an Obama Biden ad at the bottom of the clip on youtube, lol. You just can’t make this stuff up.)

Fallon on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I really, really need to know how the Yorkshire Terrier demographic is polling on Obama’s job approval.

ButterflyDragon on July 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

You did mean the Yorkshire Pudding demographic, didn’t you?

RushBaby on July 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Parody on Obama you didn’t build it theme.

esr1951 on July 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I particularly liked the “when you look back at your business’s history and only see one set of footprints….. Those are the times that Obama carried you.”

Happy Nomad on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Take a bow Obama!

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

…is JugEars going overseas again?

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

So barack doesn’t eat pork?
Hmmm…
I’m just sayin’…
Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I can’t make myself watch any vid of the man, but my question is:
was he wearing his wedding ring ??

pambi on July 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Presumably, these ads will hit the air when Romney can spend his general election funds, in about six weeks.

Eek. Not soon enough. I’m wondering if the super PAC’s should start spending more now?

bluegill on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

***

Romney is unapologetically pro-business. Any business owner who doesn’t vote Romney deserves bankruptcy.

beatcanvas on July 26, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I agree entirely. If you have an ambition in life other than to derive a benefit from the federal government, I can’t see how you can even consider voting for Obama.

On top of the You Didn’t Build That theme, Romney needs to pick up on Ed’s OOTD from today. That It Worked line would go so well with so many of his fiascos: green energy, Obamacare (quotes from studies of businesses dropping insurance), stimulus, and the like.

BuckeyeSam on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

@RasmussenPoll
Consumer Confidence Falls to 2012 Low… http://t.co/4luRcVLu

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

“But the private sector that you didn’t build is doing fine!”

eyedoc on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Insult em some more Pres. They like that…

..no, really, they do.

ToddPA on July 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Eek. Not soon enough. I’m wondering if the super PAC’s should start spending more now?

bluegill on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I really hope Team Romney has assessed the effectiveness of running ads during the Olympics. I think it’s a good time to back off the TV ads for about two weeks, then start building toward the RNCC in Tampa, and unleash the dogs from h*ll in September.

Just a thought.

BuckeyeSam on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

In other news: Healthcare Industry loves Obama…

budfox on July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Insurance companies love Obama becuse they still have this fantasy that they’re going to see a big influx of young healthy people buying insurance.

Those of us who actually take care of sick patients hate the lying little Marxist manchild with a passion.

eyedoc on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Nice work by the good professor…

“By now you have heard the Obama and Liz Warren speeches about how no one got rich on his or her own.

This narrative is cribbed almost verbatim from the narrative of George Lakoff, a progressive linguistics activist and Professor at Berkeley. Like Warren, Lakoff was one of the academics who helped frame how the Occupy Wall Street movement presented itself. Lakoff’s writings and theories seek to transform progressive politics and he is a frequent speaker on how progressives can reframe the political debate.

Lakoff developed a linguistic narrative that progressives needed to counter conservatives by focusing on the role of government in enabling individual success, a narrative in which no person became successful on his or her own:

‘Nobody makes a dollar in this country in business without using the common wealth…. The idea that there’s a self-made man, that’s there’s a self-made millionaire is false, it is absolutely false, and that is the thing that Obama missed…. Without this you don’t have those roads, you don’t have that internet, you don’t have the banking system, etc….’

The approach of Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama is a cribbed narrative of the progressive movement which seeks to realign our individual-centered political dialogue around the individual’s indebtedness to the government. – Prof. William A. Jacobson

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/07/obama-and-warren-cribbed-build-it-narrative-from-progressive-berkeley-pro

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Construction or mining (53%)

Conflating these two sectors into one category is nonsensical.

I have no idea what the true numbers are for these two, but I’d like to see a breakdown between the two, because among the miners I run into that number is easily over 80%.

I’m going to bet that the sub-portion of construction sector they sampled might be on government contracts?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The approach of Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama is a cribbed narrative of the progressive movement which seeks to realign our individual-centered political dialogue around the individual’s indebtedness to the government. – Prof. William A. Jacobson

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Interesting and insane.

Fallon on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Let’s not forget “The Private Sector is doing fine”.

kirkill on July 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

What this poll doesn’t tell us is how all those small business owners are relating this digust to their employees. I am a small business owner and I can tell you that my empolyees know that if obama is re-elected there will probably be lay-offs. i bet these other business owners are making the same point. I think this is much worse for obama than meets the eye.

Ta111 on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM

The approach of Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama is a cribbed narrative of the progressive movement which seeks to realign our individual-centered political dialogue around the individual’s indebtedness to the government. – Prof. William A. Jacobson

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Interesting and insane.

Fallon on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Interesting and insane and soviet…now called progressive

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Romney up another point in Rasmussen today according to Rasmussen on Twitter, 48-44. The barack campaign must be in major meltdown. The “I am not a witch” ad isn’t working!

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Obama’s best category was “professional worker,”

Translated: “Unionized State and Federal Government employees”.

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

NBC’s Brian Williams To Romney: Will You Pick An “Incredibly Boring White Guy” For VP? – Romney To Williams: “You Told Me You Were Not Available”…

Mutnodjmet on July 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Ha! Perfect comeback! Bet that made Brian “I bow to barack” Williams tremble a little in his expensive Italian shoes. “Sh*t,” he thought. “This guy’s gonna beat my boyfriend barack.”

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“Business owners will pay $4 billion more in taxes under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) than the Congressional Budget Office had previously expected…
In short, CBO revised the Obamacare tax burden upward by $4 billion for businesses and $1 billion to $1.5 billion for individual workers.”

http://reddogreport.com/2012/07/obamacare-raises-taxes-on-businesses-by-4-billion/

The flow chart…up close and personal
http://reddogreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/ObamaCare-FLow-Chart.jpg

Oh and Moody’s downgraded Germany…cause bailing out Europe is winning or something

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Where is the presidential approval poll based on pet demographics.

I really, really need to know how the Yorkshire Terrier demographic is polling on Obama’s job approval.

ButterflyDragon on July 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I have it on good authority that Aussie/Husky mixed breeds are definitely trending Romney. My puppy-girl says she would bite Obama, and she doesn’t bite anyone.

SKYFOX on July 26, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Gee Whiz…I wonder why? Perhaps because he has insulted the hard work, intelligence, drive, and motivation of Small Business Owners. He has told them they are opportunists and should be held in disregard because he claims they took credit for the efforts of others. According to Obama Small Business Owners only purpose is to work like a slave to produce jobs so he can get his sorry ass re-elected. I say….paraphrasing the Queen of Hearts in Alice In Wonderland…Off with his head!!!

logicman_1998 on July 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’ll bet every business owner wishes he could have a schedule like BO’s. Here’s the schedule for today, and it looks like it’s just one endless meeting after another – not! Last week he spent one day out of 5 actually doing his job. Looks like this week will be the same:

Thursday’s Obama Schedule
11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:30 am || Meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki
12:30 pm ||Lunch with Biden
2:10 pm || Holds a Cabinet meeting
4:45 pm || Meets with Defense Secretary Panetta

Cody1991 on July 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Not enough business owners to make a difference in the election.
Unlike previous presidential elections that disfavored the incumbent when the economy was bad, now we have many more feeding at the public trough, including all those federal workers whose number Obama has increased. All those people taking welfare in one form or another or in government bureaucracies represent a very large voting block for dependency in Chief Obama, bad economy or not. For them a bad economy mainly hits other people if Obama is in charge.

Chessplayer on July 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Every small business owner I deal with, totaling just under 1000, in every state across the country, mostly despise Obama. They
are not spending any money on expansion, etc. until after the election.

At the very least, some of them just think he had his chance and
now it is time for someone else to have a chance.

Amjean on July 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Thursday’s Obama Schedule
11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:30 am || Meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki
12:30 pm ||Lunch with Biden
2:10 pm || Holds a Cabinet meeting
4:45 pm || Meets with Defense Secretary Panetta

Cody1991 on July 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

That’s caring about America? My God, the man doesn’t get up before 10am…

Wagthatdog on July 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

That’s caring about America? My God, the man doesn’t get up before 10am…

Wagthatdog on July 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Yep. Many have commented that he simply doesn’t do much before 10-11 AM.

Honestly, just publishing his daily schedules would turn plenty of people against him.

Cody1991 on July 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

When the SCOTUS left the Obama Tax Act in tact, my renters all got a note that their rents were going up 5% to pay for the new taxes in the Obama Tax Act. None of them were happy about that even though I’m sure to a person they voted for 0bama.

Like Dennis Miller says, I will be laying off the people that have/had an Obama bumper sticker on their car. They should live with the consequences of their vote.

jukin3 on July 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Awesome Pic Ed…….

I know I should not enjoy or find pleasure in the fact that the “Zero” in the box score in the pic, sits correctly beneath our President.

Sadly though, it id the correct score for this Oligarch.

Zero.

FlaMurph on July 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I really hope Team Romney has assessed the effectiveness of running ads during the Olympics. I think it’s a good time to back off the TV ads for about two weeks, then start building toward the RNCC in Tampa, and unleash the dogs from h*ll in September.

Just a thought.

BuckeyeSam on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

It makes all the sense in the world…The olympics is not a good time at all for the romney team to waste money on a batrage of ads…wait till the convention and kill’ em with the ads after that and till the elections…

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM