Obama Approval Is At Only 39%, But He Leads Possible Gop Challengers

October 12, 2011, 5:00 PM GMT+0

President Obama’s approval rating remains low, as half the country sees the economy continuing to worsen. In this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll, 39% approve of the way the President is handling his job overall. 53% disapprove. 

However, the President still leads at least two of his Republicans challengers, and runs slightly better in hypothetical general election match-ups than he did just last week, perhaps buoyed by the rising ratings he received in handling terrorism following the killing of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, linked to several terrorist attacks on the United States. This week, President Obama runs ahead of Texas Governor Rick Perry by 10 points among registered voters, including those who lean one way or the other. Last week, he led Perry by only four points. 

And the President leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by one. Last week he trailed Romney by three. 

Americans see Romney as more electable than Perry. 

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Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

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