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F&M Poll: 34% Approve of Obama’s Presidential Performance

Barack ObamaFranklin and Marshall’s Center for Politics and Public Affairs found that 34% of Pennsylvania’s registered voters currently approve of Barack Obama’s job as President.

56% of Democrats approve, as do 25% of Independents. Registered voters aged 18-35 were most likely to approve, as 37% of them respondent that the President was fulfilling his duties in an “excellent” or “good” manner.

Philadelphia is the only region in which a resounding majority – 71% – of poll respondents approved of the President’s job. In the Northeast, Allegheny, Southwest, Northwest, Central, and Southeast regions, fewer than 40% approved of the President’s execution of his office.

Presidential approval ratings are typically bad after nearly 70 months in office, and Obama’s rating is similar to George W. Bush’s 33% job approval rating during his 6th year.

Obama’s lowest job approval rating was 30% in January 2014.

F&M’s results for Pennsylvanian voters were slightly lower than the 40% approval found nationally by the most recent Quinnipiac Poll.

Franklin and Marshall’s College Poll is the oldest poll exclusively direct and produced in-state. It surveyed a sample of 502 registered Pennsylvanian voters with a sampling error of +/- 4.4 percentage points.

12 Responses

  1. I am a Dem and it is true that the Dems and Repubs in w PA “hate” minorities and “takers” and “taxes” as they drive around in their new SUVs wondering where they will have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or wonder which game they will pay $100 to go and watch

  2. @Larry I do agree with David. I live in the western side of the state and there are a lot of racist Democrats who are very selfish, who don’t deserve to be in the party in the first place. I’ve put up with them out here in Westmoreland County while spending several years investigating the local scene which is a disaster.

  3. Larry-
    1) How does a poll about Obama reflect “future votes” when
    a) Obama isn’t up for re-election
    b) Congress is even more unpopular
    c) A lot of white Dems in the western part of the state are racists.
    d) In Philly, I’ve got relatives who are white, and registered as Dems, who’ve been referring to Obama with the n-word for years. They just can’t accept a black man as president because they think all blacks are liars/thieves/etc.
    So, yeah, 20% is a low estimate for correction.

    2) They won’t give Obama credit for anything. And, GOP in Congress are refusing to vote on bipartisan legislation that the country wants specifically to deny Obama anything that could be perceived as a legislative victory. They’d flush the country down the toilet if they could blame it on Obama.

  4. This poll was conducted by a republican pollster. Are they ever honest. Would it kill them to release an honest poll. I agree, add 20% to balance the racist responses.

  5. So, there you have it. David Diano’s world view comes down to (1) all you unenlightened (Republican) racists must be ignored (which is odd, because poll results reflect people’s future votes) and (2) let’s assume that Obama has accomplished anything significant, such as, say, curing cancer. Because Obama is black Jesus.

  6. When I see a poll like this, I add 20 points because of all the racists that don’t approve of Obama being black.

    If he cured cancer, they’d complain he was hurting the heath care industry by creating unemployment at cancer centers.

  7. One of the more disappointing presidencies in history. That is why I switched and voted for Hillary in the PA primary in 2008. He wasn’t up for the job. Gives great speeches though!

  8. @bettercallsaul Obama is still more popular than Corbett. But it is stunning that 25% of those polled still think he deserves to be reelected.

  9. Stunning that there are still that many people who think he is doing a good job.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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