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Full Month Approval Ratings for President Slip in June

Sunday, July 03, 2011

When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below.

In June, the number who Strongly Approve of Obama’s job performance fell to 23%. That matches the lowest total of his time in office. The low of 23% was first reached two months ago. In May, the number who Strongly Approved bounced up two points following the news about Osama bin Laden. This is just one of many measures showing that the president received a modest bounce following the bin Laden news and that the bounce has faded. 

Since July 2009, the number Strongly Approving of the president’s performance has ranged from a low of 23% to a high of 31%.  By comparison, 43% Strongly Approved of the president's performance in January 2009, the month he took office.

The number of voters who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s performance increased two points to 38% in June.  The number of voters who Strongly Disapproved has ranged from 36% to 44% since July 2009.

Accordingly, the full-month Presidential Approval Index rating for June is down four points from May to -15.  That’s back to where it was in the months of March and April.  With a few exceptions, the president’s approval index rating has stayed between -14 and -17 since the beginning of 2010.

The full-month numbers show Strong Approval from 45% of Democrats in June while 67% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among voters not affiliated with either party, 16% Strongly Approve and 38% Strongly Disapprove of Obama's job performance.

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