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Three Polls All Confirm Bad News for Obama

President Barack Obama walks from the Blue Room of the White House. (White House photo)

Three new national polls were released this morning and all of them paint a bleak picture for President Obama. All three polls found Obama’s approval numbers in net negative territory, with large majorities disapproving of how he is handling economic issues.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll found Obama reached a new record low in his overall job approval numbers. From the Washington Post:

More than 60 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy and, what has become issue No. 1, the stagnant jobs situation. Just 43 percent now approve of the job he is doing overall, a new career low; 53 percent disapprove, a new high.

The Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll also found Obama at his lowest level yet on overall job approval. From the MSNBC:

After the bruising debt-ceiling fight — as well as Standard & Poor’s subsequent downgrade of the nation’s credit rating — Obama’s job approval rating has sunk to a low of 44 percent, a 3-point drop since July. His handling of the economy stands at a low of 37 percent. And only 19 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction, the lowest mark for this president.

Perhaps most ominously for Obama, a majority of poll takers — 54 percent — think he’s facing a longer-term setback from which he’s unlikely to recover. Back in January, just 39 percent agreed with that assessment.

Similarly the POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll found less 40 percent approve of Obama handling of the economy. From Politico:

More Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 50 percent, than approve, 45 percent — a drop of seven percentage points since May. Obama receives particularly low marks for his economic stewardship, with only 39 percent saying they approve and 59 percent saying they disapprove.

One of the few bright spots for Obama in this flood of bad polling data today is that he at least remains personally popular. The GWU poll found 74 approve of Obama as a person, but of those, a large percentage indicated that they will “definitely not vote for Obama.”

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Jon Walker

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at