Monday, May 02, 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 April, the number who Strongly Approved of Obama’s performance dropped two points to 23%, its lowest level yet. That number ranged from 25% to 30% from October 2009 through March. 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 also fell two points to 38% last month. This figure has stayed in the range of 37% to 44% since July 2009.
Accordingly, the new findings generate a full-month Presidential Approval Index rating of -15, showing no change from last month. Still, that's down four points from January. The president’s approval index rating stayed between -14 and -17 for most of last year, with one exception in April when it improved to -11.
The full-month numbers show Strong Approval from 44% of Democrats, down five points from last month. Among Republicans, 70% Strongly Disapprove of the president’s performance, and a modest plurality (37%) of voters not affiliated with either major political party feel the same.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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