Obama's Economic Approval Falls

August 19, 2013

Approval of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy has declined by 7 percentage points this summer, according to a new poll. Just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president's job on the economy, down from 42 percent in June, according to a Gallup survey. Sixty-two percent disapprove, says Politico.

  • Overall approval of the job Obama is doing as president also fell three points from June, to 44 percent.
  • Along with a five point drop in approval on the other economic issues polled -- taxes and the federal deficit -- the slide in approval parallels a downward dive in Americans' overall economic confidence that Gallup's daily tracking polls have shown since June, though there was a slight rebound recently.
  • On issues including terrorism and foreign affairs, Americans' slipping approval of Obama's leadership was consistent with his three point drop overall; on issues in which House Republicans are digging in their heels, immigration and health care, it was virtually unchanged at a one point dip.

Source: Tal Kopan, "Poll: Obama Economic Approval Falls," Politico, August 15, 2013.

 

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