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Lowest ever: Obama job approval sinks to 39%, as even Democrats' support melts away


Another Sinking Ship

President Obama has passed the Big 4-0 -- going the wrong way.

Turns out voters were not simply satisfied to spank the Democrat and his party in the Nov. 2 midterm elections with historic losses in the House of Representatives.

Obama's job approval rating as calculated by the Zogby Poll has now sunk to 39%, a new low for his 22-month presidency that began with so much hope and excitement and poll numbers up around 70. As recently as Sept. 20, his job approval was 49%.

A whopping 60% now disapprove of his job, up from 51% disapproval Sept. 20.

Obama now trails in hypothetical 2012 matchups against Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the next Bush, Jeb.

And, oh, my! Lookee here! Obama has even fallen into a statistical tie with none other than Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor.

How embarrassing that is because other polls have shown a majority of Americans believe she is unqualified for the presidency. So it appears many have now decided, on second thought after a nearly two-year test drive, Obama looks that way too.Democrat president Barack Obama enjoys a good laugh before the 2010 midterm elections

Obama began losing the support of independents in the summer of 2009, as he responded to polls showing voter concerns focused on the economy by staging 59 town hall meetings on healthcare. Independents were a crucial part of his coalition win in 2008 but have now dwindled to 39%.

Only 6% of Republicans, not surprisingly, approve of Obama's job performance. But younger voters, also crucial in the ex-state senator's convincing defeat of John McCain, now approve by only 42%.

Nearly 7 in 10 likely voters say the country is on the wrong track, rarely a good sign for incumbents.

But, Zogby notes, perhaps most ominous for the president is that he's now losing support among his own party people. His approval plopped nearly 10% in just one week, from 78% down to 72% in Zogby's latest read.

Obama, John Zogby writes, "is failing to please more than one-fourth of his own party’s voters. This is a perilous position for the President.

"Conventional wisdom calls for him to reach for the center and assume that Democrats will stay with him in 2012. But as we saw in the mid-terms, Democrats can't win without strong turnout from the young and minorities, both of which are demographics that need more motivation than others to vote."

Former governor Romney fares the best against Obama (44-38%), then comes Gingrich (43%-39%), then another former governor, Jeb Bush (40%-38%), who says he is not running. Palin ties (40%-41%). Obama does, however, destroy developer Donald Trump (39%-29%) and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (32%-13%). (A separate Quinnipiac Poll Monday found Obama in dead heats with either Romney or former Gov. Mike Huckabee.)

-- Andrew Malcolm

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I plan on voting for Governor Palin 2012. Romney is just another "Free Trade" RINO who things that all Free Trade agreements are great as long as they help out Corporations. He doesn't care if they are good for America or not. He is also Pro-Amnesty and wishy-washy on everything (First he was Pro-Choice, then he was Pro-Life).

Governor Palin has been in public service for 20 years. She's done retail politics at the local level in Wasilla being a town council member and a Mayor. She was also on the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission where she took on crooked Republicans and then became Governor of Alaska. As a Governor of Alaska she worked with both Democrats and Republicans.

But since she was selected as McCain's running mate the MSM has been intent on dismissing her accomplishments and character. Then the New York Times and other Progressives began filing an unending series of costly frivolous lawsuits against the Palin's with the intent of driving the family into bankruptcy since the government of Alaska could not help her financially.

It's a shame that the Progressives can't simply have a real debate but rather need to tarnish and sabotage the careers of others. I guess if the spotlight was on the ideas and values (???) of Progressives they know they American people would wake up very quickly to how these people are intent on destroying the American way of life.

Don't let the haters get you down Sarah!

All I have to say is

Anglellight says that America became great through its compassion and openness for others, and that more money will be generated into the economy by "taxing the rich". My question is where do these morons come from? Literally it seems that the inmates are now running the asylums, or at least have been let out to vote.

This person's inane stupidity is beyond explanation, but certainly explains why Obama is now in office.

I`m sure they are medicating him on this news. He`ll probably declare Martial Law to punish us. First we voted in non-demoncrats and now we just don`t love him hoo. The TSA pat downs are just the appetizer, this sicko is planning the main course. I can`t wait to vote him out and my son who will turn 18 in 2012 can`t wait to cast his fist vote for whomever runs against him. I wish I could hibernate for the next 2 years.

The long American Slumber is over. BHO and the Dems mis-spent their political capital on health care and not on jobs. That has cost them at the polls and voters will inflict more pain in '12.

The public is now attentive and showing its collective displeasure at the direction our "leaders" took us over the last few years (GWB post '06 Dem wins).

It's crunch time and I don't see Obama as a Prime Time Player.

But it's all Bush's fault.

compair the o bum a term with the titanic, ship of fools drove into an ice burg and sank, in o bum a s case stupid id stupid does

He make Dubbya look like a genius. O-bama needs a copy of superfudge.

It's sad that 39% approve of Locobama. Sad that we have that many tax users who can't get an education and support themselves.

I'm surprised it's that high. This guy is Incompetence Incarnate, total disaster. All he knows how to do is be a rock star, with swooning fans, minus a small detail... nobody is swooning anymore, America found out he's Milli Vanilli.

I'am afraid that anyone that was elected President , would have failed to keep popular support . we have a lot of things going wrong at he same time . Even Mc Cain would have done most of the bailouts .. I would not have . I like to see fat cats put on a diet . We need more democrats in the tea party and not so many republicans . The tea party people stand for a goverenment that wants to pay their bills , not try to welch out on thier debts by paying with fiat money . If social security and medicare were a dishonest pozi scheme ? what do you think taking the social security trust fund and paying themselves and a special few lucrative pensions and a 100 % healthcare is ? Its most obvious we need different people to decide whats right and whats wrong .

how, oh how, can 39% of americans approve? unbelievable.

Obama is an Empty Suit...........He always was, He always will be. The guy is a Soros sock puppet. He has no idea what he is doing. He doesn't seem interested in learning either. I always thought it couldn't get worse than Jimmie Carter but this guy makes Carter look smart. He has surrounded himself with academic morons. His choice of Atty gen. is a bloody gem. Holder is the worst of them all. That idiot can't get over waking up one day and realizing he is a black man. Two more years, please God give me patience.

No surprises here. Obama was an unexamined candidate who gained the presidency via uninformed voters who were wowed by his rhetoric but chose to ignore that he had no record of successful decision-making.

The man is clearly at sea in the job, and has no vision for alleviating the nation's economic ills. Since assuming office, his main achievements have been golfing, partying, vacationing, campaigning, and fund-raising. His and his cohorts' attempts at legislation--stimulus and health care--have been disastrous.

I believe the entire administration has gone mad and won't stop until the country is enslaved by the madness. Obama and his merry band of hoodlums
are headed for the funny farm, at least I sure hope they are.

"Only 6% of Republicans, not surprisingly, approve of Obama's job performance."

Not surprisingly? Where did they find the 6%? That's the surprising part!

When Obama gets through with the American citizenry they will rue the day they ever heard his name. This man is capable of anything, including removing your right to vote. I believe his aim is to be the dictator like his friend Chavez.
Instead of being a uniter he is the most divisive President the country has ever seen. Even the Democrats are beginning to see through his facade.

None of the mentioned Republican candidates possess the integrity nor the intellect which Ron Paul has. I think it's time for REAL change and Ron Paul & his message of limited govt., limited spending, and true believer in the Constitution is the only one who can defeat Barry Soetoro by a wide should Soetoro (Obama's real name) run for office in 2012.

I'm no Jimmy Carter fan as until now he was the worst president in my lifetime.
Jimmy Carter was 10 times the man the current dipwick is.
Carter was a Naval officer, a successful businessman, and a governor.
He understood some things.
The obamunist understands zip.

angellight - What are you on about? How is giving someone a tax break taking ANYTHING from someone that doesn't pay any taxes (poor) if you mean everyone as in "the inhabitants of your purple sky'd world" you are retarded

Pres. Obama was a community organizer: Translation a get out the vote and protest coordinator. In his state senate experience he voted present about 95% of the time. He has no concept of business and economics. Except for economics communism style. Thats why he says stuff at about business and his expectation of jobs and the businesses pull away from him. He doesn't understand. Or maybe he doesn't want to understand. His entire economic team are politicians and university professors. Who have never run a business and are extreme left of center even in business teaching so you get a socialist slant in the policy. Outcome is total failure. Even France and German last week said he was to Far Left for them.

Pelosi and Obama share the same character defect. Neither can ever admit they made a mistake. Their arrogant self-righteousness is dividing this nation. Pelosi makes statements such as "We have to vote on this bill so you can know what's in it" and claims that "Food stamps and unemployment benefits are the best ways to help grow the economy." Meanwhile, Obama consistently undermines the office of the presidency by petulantly blaming Bush, Rove, the Supreme Court, FOX, Boehner, the "obstructionist" Republicans, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tea Party, his own base, etc., for the failures of his administration. Look to yourself, Obama! You were so intent on notching your belt with personal ideological "wins" that you neglected listening to the people you were elected to serve.

Mr. Obama seems completely satisfied with the power to do as he and fellow liberals think and believe. "The rest is silence."

Obama is a failure.

Approval ratings match the food stamp enrollment.
Good Luck Califonication, thanks for Brown!

Obama is a FLOP in every arena.

I don't care if the government can do it better than the private sector (which it can't).. I DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE THAT MUCH POWER! Freedom!

Using a musical metaphor, Obama continues to pound the one key he knows how to play on his piano. And it ain't the song the country wants to hear right now.

Sad thing is, Palin knows only chopsticks but is a maestro by comparison.

Dems: Obama--> Kerry--> Gore is not a slate of candidates that says the "D Party" is serious about the vast majority of Americans. These three are elites, which is not the same as leaders, whether they win elections or not.

Sustained power comes from effective leadership, not iconography, slogans and constant campaigning. The only thing Obama has shown aptitude for to date is crony capitalism.

I'm shocked 39% of the country still suppports him... given a viable alternative, they'd leave him standing.

Consider me one of those who bought the communty organizers rhetoric, hook, line and sinker; screw me once, shame on you, screw me twice, shame on me......never, ever again will I support a candidate with a "D" beside their name...EVER.

Where were all these Obama bashers 2 years ago, when it seemed evident that someone with so little experience at anything couldn't run a country?


To know we have this weakling at the helm of our country and access to our nuclear weapons, keeps me awake many nights. Let's pray that those that are privy to information to keep us all safe keep an eye on this MORON.

With his everyday declining poll numbers and most definitely lack of experience leading anything we all should be concerned. See America this why you want someone qualified to take us out of this morass.

This guy could have just become a hero to Dems and Republicans alike by repealing the Patriot Act and stopping all of the TSA nonsense.

He could have even waited until 2012 to introduce ObamaCare and his chances at reelection would have been fairly high.

Make no mistake—he doesn't care about you or me. This is about increasing Federal power and nothing else.

Question authority!

Worst pollster ever.

Zogby also predicted that John McCain would win California the last election and Obama was winning Texas. Notice the paid Republican operative Rassmussen's poll has him at 47%.

39? Really? I can't believe its so high! Che` Maobama is truly the biggest lying, incapable person ever elected to any office, let alone the the office the Bilderbergs swept him into to "socialize" the world. We the people are not as dumb as you lefties look...

Angellight, you truly are lost in space aren't you? Your view of the US is certainly dysfunctional. When will you lefties understand that it is human nature to be biased? You should also realize that normal people typically don't care what another persons sexual preference is. But you idiot libs just won't stop pushing it out in the open. Don't you fools realize by doing that act alone it's discrimination? Most gays don't want the rest of you morons exposing their lifestyles and posting it on the front page. when will you idiots learn to leave well enough alone? It wouldn't be an issue if you learned to focus on your own miserable lives.

The country realized too late it had elected a 3rd generation America-hating communist who seems hellbent on destroying the country for the international communist party.

To anyone who reveres the US Constitution and America's heritage of self-reliance, Mr. Obama's approval rating on a scale of 0 to 10 is .o1. He did order the killing of three Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage.

It was recently reported that 1 in 5 Americans is mentally ill. My estimate is that 20% of Americans will support Mr. Obama to the bitter end.

the number of 39% is ridiculous! I seriously doubt his approval is nearly that high. I would personally say 20%.....the man is an idiot!!!!

I say impeach..NOW

Obama is an Ass....with a capital A! What a dumbass!

And if you think he is smart....why does he use a teleprompter for 3rd graders????? ROFLMAO!!!!

He is a jagoff!

How could 39% still approve of this perpetual campaigner who has no clue about governing?

Adios homeboy.....

This is what happens when you mix ignorance with arrogance.

This narcissistic lying coward of a president has been exposed for who he really is: An arrogant idealogue whose major accomplishments in life include having someone else (a terrorist) write his own memoir, AND (as an Illinois state senator), voting "present" 130 times.
PS- Someone please tell Obama that when he goes to Venezuela to have his "socialist arepas" with his buddy Hugo, to make it a one-way trip.

Does it really matter who is president anymore? I don't think we've had a president with the people's best interests in mind since JFK which didn't work out so well for him. In 2012, we'll probably have another Repub in office and they'll be blaming everything on Obama. Meanwhile, Repubs and Democrats are high-fiving each other backstage. It's the never ending cycle of blaming the opposing party for all the problems. It's all a big show people. We're given 2 horrible choices every 4 years that are hand picked by the people who really call the shots. Democracy(and freedom) in America is an illusion. The only thing that will bring America back to it's former glory is a massive revolution. Something I just don't see ever happening.

If we want to rid ourselves of 0bamaCare, then we need to rid ourselves of 0bama first. Newt Gingrich is the one who is most likely to achieve both.

Good job democrats. You have sacrificed your party for this idiot. I would be happy but it cost the rest of us so much as well...

Obama is childish and in way over his head. His peers on the campus called him lazy and aloof....I'd have to agree...the bastard spends more time entertaining himself and his hateful wife than working....and even when he works, he's not doing a damn thing to help the average American struggling to make ends meet while he places incredible impediments in their way.

Obama is a real jerk. He needs to be investigated for his lack of credentials.....he's a lying anti-American, non-American, un-American and it shouldn't be too hard to prove it.

Are you sure that this is the Los Angeles Times reporting this and actually allowing negative comments about President Obama to appear on their website? Do I have the right newspaper? Will wonders never cease?

fire obama and all the democrats in 2012. and they can take all 65,000 tsa losers with them. i can't take anymore of these people.

I like how all the voices in this echo chamber are so delighted in this biased poll. I'm sure these same ass-hats who are claiming its over and he's a failure after less than two years of trying to fix the absolute bottoming out of our country are probably still saying that history will judge the most incompetent president we've ever had as some kind of hero.

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