President Obama: Low Approval But Still Competitive In 2012

October 19, 2011, 5:00 PM GMT+0

The President’s overall approval rating in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll remains low — just 39% approve of the way he is handling his job, while 53% disapprove, the same rating he has held in the last two weeks. 

Last week’s eight point rise in the approval of the President’s handling of terrorism, following the killing of the imam Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen involved in several terror attacks on the U.S., dissipated quickly. It dropped six points from 52% last week to 46% now.

The President continues to face serious criticism from Americans on how things are going in the country:

  • 52% say the economy is continuing to get worse
  • 72% say the country is off on the wrong track
  • And when it comes to feelings about his Administration, 59% are either dissatisfied or angry at the Administration — and more than a third are downright angry

These feelings are not new. Americans have been worried about the economy and the way things are going for most of the year. And as early as January, 2010, half the country said they were dissatisfied or angry at the Obama Administration.

But the President maintains leads among registered voters in 2012 general election matchups against two Republican candidates, six points over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and eight points over Texas Governor Rick Perry. 

And Congressional approve matches that branch’s all-time low in Economist/YouGov Polls. Only 7% approve of the way Congress is handling its job. 

Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

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