The improving employment picture does not appear to be giving President Obama a major boost. And those who don’t like him feel very strongly about it, while those who do are less sure.
In a couple of recent surveys, Obama’s poll numbers are on the way down. Even as the Obama campaign puts out word champagne corks are popping at headquarters in Chicago over the declining unemployment rate, Obama’s position is worsening.
A New York Times/CBS poll puts Obama’s approval rate at 41 percent, NINE POINTS lower than last month. A Washington Post/ABC survey has Obama at 46 percent approval, down four points from February. But Gallup’s daily tracking poll gives Obama’s a 49 percent approval rating, an increase of six points since last week.
The problem for Obama, though, is illustrated by this deeper analysis performed by the Washington Post. It shows that it’s not – as some say – simply rising gas prices that are hurting Obama. His unpopularity is consistent over an array of areas, and in some cases it is intense.
Take a look at this graph.
The striking thing here is that the president isn’t at net positive approval on any of these key issues. Even Obama’s Afghanistan policy, which the White House hopes will win him approval as a peacemaker, is slightly to the negative.
And those who are unhappy with Obama are really unhappy, as evidenced by the “strongly disapprove” column, which in each case is the largest. Those who approve are more tepid in their support.
Thing is, it’s people with strong opinions who tend to make their way to the polls.