Gallup Poll: Lowest Approval for Obama Yet

President Obama’s approval rating fell to an all-time low on Friday, losing support with both Democrats and independents, according to Gallup:

President Obama’s job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. His prior low rating of 41% occurred several times, the last of which was in April. As recently as June 7, Obama had 50% job approval.

Obama’s job approval rating among Democrats is 72%, compared with 34% among independents and 13% among Republicans. In the prior three weeks, his average approval rating was 79% among Democrats, 41% among independents, and 12% among Republicans.

Obama has lost 10 points overall and 7 points with both Democrats and independents. This matches trends from other polling firms that show the president losing support from his base and the all important independents, such as the Pew Research Poll released earlier this week:

Where Obama held a slim 7-point edge among independent registered voters two months ago, a generic Republican holds an 8-point edge today.

This is consistent with a drop in Obama’s approval among all independents. Currently, a majority (54%) disapprove of Obama’s performance for the first time in his presidency. His approval among independents has slipped to 36% from 42% last month and 49% in late May.

Granted, the 2012 election is 15 months away, but at this point, the comparisons of Obama to Jimmy Carter seem highly apt. If unemployment remains high and economic growth remains weak, I can’t imagine these approval numbers improving. At this point, Obama’s best hope for reelection remains the prospect the GOP will nominate a candidate independent voters will find objectionable. OB&B remains hopeful that won’t happen.

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