Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quinnipiac National Poll: Obama Approval Rating 44%

President Obama's approval rating is the lowest its been in the 15 months since he took office, a new Quinnnipiac national poll finds. Just 44% now approve of the job he's doing as president, down from 45% last month; meanwhile, 46% disapprove.

Obama now has a 47.9% RCP Average Job Approval.

"President Barack Obama's approval rating hovers at an all-time low," said Quinnipiac assistant polling director Peter Brown. "The White House had predicted passage of the health care overhaul would boost his fortunes, but that has not been the case, and that legislation itself remains decidedly unpopular."

Congress remains astonishingly unpopular, with just 20% approving and 71% disapproving of the job its doing. On the health care reform bill that passed last month, 53% disapprove and just 39% approve of it.

Obama gets another selection for the Supreme Court this year, and voters trust him (46%) more than they do Senate Republicans (43%) to make the right choice. More (47%) believe that only qualifications should be considered by senators when voting on a nominee, while 43% believe political views should be a factor. Fifty-two percent approve of his first selection, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

"Perhaps most interesting is that almost five times as many voters think the justices allow their political views to play in their rulings rather than deciding cases solely on the law, perhaps a result of the all-out war that has been the case for most Supreme Court confirmations in the past two decades,” said Brown.

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