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F&M Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating Drops to 31%

Barack ObamaPresident Obama’s approval ratings among Pennsylvanians have taken a slight dip.

A new Franklin & Marshall Poll shows the President’s approval rating at 31%. This is a drop of three points from his August totals.

Even worse, a record 43% rate his job performance as “poor” while 25% describe it as only “fair”. Just 6% (tied for a record low) believe the President is doing an “excellent” job, while 25% say he’s doing a “good” job.

These distressing results come on the heels of news that the President is planning to campaign in the Keystone State this fall, perhaps with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

The President’s low approval also holds throughout many different demographics. The only groups that rate him at fifty percent or higher are: Singles (50%); Democrats (52%); Slightly Liberal (52%); Nonwhites (62%); Philadelphia residents (65%); and Extremely Liberal (66%).

President Obama’s troubles are likely at least partly being caused by the lame-duck phenomenon. Ever since the ratification of the Twenty-Second Amendment, Presidents have been increasingly marginalized in their second terms, as they are now on a time limit.

This trend can be seen in an extraordinary chart included in the F&M presentation that compares the approval ratings of Presidents Bush and Obama during their tenure in office.

Bush-Obama Chart
Franklin and Marshall Polling

This poll surveyed 520 registered Pennsylvania voters from September 15th to 22nd. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.3%.

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