Friday, August 12, 2011
There has been much talk lately about declining enthusiasm for President Obama among the political left.
However, a review of Rasmussen Reports tracking data for the week ending August 7, 2011 shows the president still earns an 85% Job Approval rating from liberal Democrats. At the same time, just 67% of conservative Democrats offer their approval.
On the negative side, only five percent (5%) of liberal Democrats Strongly Disapprove of the job the president is doing, while 27% of conservative Democrats voice that opinion.
The data also shows that the president earns approval from 96% of black Democrats and 76% of white Democrats.
From a generational perspective, the president earns from 75% to 84% approval from all measured age groups. However, there is a notable lack of enthusiasm among younger party members. Just 19% of Democrats under 30 Strongly Approve of the way Obama is handling his job. By way of comparison, that figure is at 45% among 40-somethings and higher among other age groups.
Still, while the enthusiasm among younger Democrats is down, they still generally support the president. Among under-30 Democrats, in addition to the 19% who Strongly Approve, another 56% Somewhat Approve. Just 21% offer disapproval, and only nine percent (9%) Strongly Disapprove.
At the same time, these younger Democrats are more committed than their elders to voting for a Democrat on the Generic Congressional Ballot. The under-30 crowd prefers a Generic Democrat for Congress over a Generic Republican by a margin of 84% to four percent (4%).Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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