Quinnipiac Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating at 41%
For quite some time, now Pres. Obama’s numbers have been mired in the mid to low forties. They never rise with accomplishments but they also don’t sink to dangerous lows during stumbles either. His numbers just seem to sit there.
The latest Quinnipiac poll found that 41% of Pennsylvanians approve of the job the President is doing compared to 56% who disapprove.
This is only a couple of points off from his 42-55 split last June.
The President’s numbers are underwater among all age groups and with Republicans (8-91) and Independents (35-60). Unsurprisingly, though, he is still popular with Democrats (81-15).
A large gender gap exists, however, as women are split on the President with 48% approving and 49% disapproving. Men give him just a 33% approval rating, though, against a 64% disapproval rating.
Quinnipiac also asked whether respondents would want to see the President serve a third term. Just 24% said they would like such a scenario while 74% wouldn’t. A majority of Democrats (52-45), however, were in favor.
This question may have been inspired by a recent comment from the President when he talked in Ethiopia about the peaceful transfer of power in democratic republics.
“When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife,” he said. “I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran I could win. But I can’t.”
Ever since George Washington passed on a third term, his successors followed his tradition (or were too unpopular to be elected a third time). On the brink of WWII, Franklin D. Roosevelt broke that tradition and won a third term and even a fourth term in 1940 and 1944 respectively.
In response, a movement arose to amend the U.S. Constitution to solidify a two-term limit. Such legislation was passed in 1947 and in 1951 the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.
This survey was conducted by Quinnipiac University using live interviewers calling land lines and cell phones. They contacted 1,085 registered Pennsylvania voters from August 7th to 18th. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.