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Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Ties Record Low

President Obama’s approval rating is now tied for a record low in the daily Gallup tracking poll, with only 41 percent approving of his performance while 50 percent say they do not. Obama has only reached this level three times before – twice in August 2010 and once in October 2010. The worst news for Obama? His numbers among independents are down nine percent from

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Today’s Obama Poll || One Third Question Birthplace

A third of American voters either do not think President Obama was born in the United States or are not sure about it, according to a Fox News poll. Some 24 percent say the do not believe he was born here, while 10 percent say they don’t know, while 67 percent say he was born in the United States. A few more say there is

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Today’s Obama Poll || Black, Hispanic Support Falls

President Obama’s approval ratings among his core constituencies of blacks and Hispanics has suddenly declined, according to Gallup, but it’s unclear why this has happened. Though majorities of blacks (85%) and Hispanics (54%) continue to approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, his ratings among these groups slipped in March and have set or tied new lows. His approval rating among whites,

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Today’s Obama Poll || Conflicting Read on Prez Popularity

The two most recent polls on President Obama offer up a sharp contrast, with a Gallup survey showing a more approve of the president’s work than disapprove by 49-44 percent and a Quinnipiac poll putting Obama’s approval at only 42 percent versus 48 percent disapproving. Much is being made about the Quinnipiac poll, but the fact is it’s an outlier among polls conducted over the

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Today’s Obama Poll || Libya

A new poll by USA Today and Gallup finds the country split on President Obama’s handling of the Libya crisis, with 44 percent saying he doing a good job and 44 percent saying he’s not. The views may have as much to do with whether you like Obama or not, as most Republicans give him a thumbs down and most Democrats approve. The country is

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Today’s Obama Poll || Huckabee Leads GOP Field

Mike Huckabee leads the field of likely and potential GOP contenders for President Obama’s jobs, according to a poll conducted March 18-22 by Gallup. Huckabee is favored by 19 percent, followed by Romney at 15 percent. Despite a spate of bad recent publicity about her viability as a candidate and the growing unhappiness with her among conservative leaders, Sarah Palin runs fairly strong at 12

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Today’s Obama Poll || More Favor Libya Campaign

More people are in favor of the military action against Libya than not, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll, which was conducted Monday, found 47 percent approving of the military campaign and 37 percent saying they don’t approve. However, the percentage may not provide much of a buffer for Obama, since support for military action tends to be high at the beginning as

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Today’s Obama Poll || Country Divided on Health Law

The nation is about evenly divided on whether or not it likes President Obama’s health reform law, with 46 percent saying it’s a good thing Congress passed it while 44 percent say it isn’t, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s very bad news for the president. Worse, support is down from when the bill became law a year ago. Then, 49 percent said it

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Today’s Obama Poll || America Likes Boehner

President Obama’s chief political antagonist at the moment, House Speaker John Boehner, is generally popular with the public, at least among those who have any idea who he is. He’s cried his way into our hearts, it seems. Worth noting that he’s down a few points from January. What’s your opinion of House Speaker John Boehner? Favorable: 41 percent Unfavorable: 27 percent Never heard of

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Today’s Obama Poll || Public Split on Libya No Fly Zone

Americans are evenly divided on whether the United States should establish a No Fly Zone in Libya, with 44 percent approving and 45 percent saying no, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. But Americans overwhelmingly oppose bombing Libyan air defenses, a necessary step in enforcing a No Fly Zone. The poll seems poorly constructed to me, since the question about bombing

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Obama Poll || Gay Marriage – March 8, 2011

Obama claims he’s conflicted on the matter. Well, so are the American people, though the number who support is rising. Oh, please don’t call me a cynic, but, you know, we’ll soon know if 45 percent approval is enough to end Obama’s internal torture. Q. Do you favor or oppose allowing Gay Marriage? Favor: 45 percent Oppose: 46 percent Pew Research Feb. 22 – March

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