Mixed numbers on Obama job approval

Dec. 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Two daily tracking polls provided somewhat conflicting reports Monday on U.S. President Barack Obama's job approval ratings among voters.

A Rasmussen Reports poll found 24 percent of voters strongly approve of Obama's performance while 42 percent strongly disapprove. That's a slight improvement from Sunday, when the president's approval index rating was the lowest yet recorded, Rasmussen said.

Seventy-two percent of Democrats said they approve of Obama's performance, while 80 percent of Republicans said they disapprove. Overall, 44 percent of voters said they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance, the poll found.

The latest Gallup tracking poll had Obama's approval rating at 48 percent, one point higher than its low of 47 percent, recorded last week.

Rasmussen said 56 percent of those polled said they oppose healthcare reform being considered by the U.S. Senate while 40 percent said they favored it.

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