Obama’s Rating Falls To 50% In Tracking Polls

August 28, 2009 5:27 a.m.

President Obama’s approval rating has reached a new low in the Gallup daily tracking poll, with an even 50% approving of his performance as of yesterday, and 43% disapproving.

This actually brings Gallup into convergence with Rasmussen, which has tended to skew more negative, and has also put Obama at around 50% in recent weeks.

Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones. pointed out two days ago that presidents inevitably fall to 50%, with the only real question being how long it takes to get there. However, Obama seems to have gotten there sooner than most, due to the controversial debates that have marked his term so far. “The recent further erosion in his public support — perhaps a result of the push for healthcare reform and concern over the growth in government spending — may result in one of the faster slides below majority approval for modern presidents.”

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