CNN Poll: 41% Approve Of Obama’s Job As President

President Barack Obama’s approval rating stands at 41 percent according to a new CNN poll, nearly identical to his numbers in the same poll last month and several other polls conducted since then.

“The growth in negative views of the President comes almost equally from the left and the right,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said in statement. “Not surprisingly, the number of Americans who disapprove of him because he is too liberal is up six points since the start of the year.  But the number of Americans who disapprove of him because he has not been liberal enough is up almost as much since January, indicating that his slide is due as much to disappointment as it is anger.”

Obama’s disapproval rating was unchanged since last month at 56 percent, accoridng to the poll. While 40 percent said they disapproved of the President because he was too liberal, 12 percent said they disapproved because he was not liberal enough.

The poll, conducted Dec. 16-19, surveyed 1,035 adults by telephone and carried a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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