Just as we are heading into an election and gas prices are beginning to soar, a new poll out today from CBS and the New York Times says that while 41% of Americans approve of the work President Obama is doing, now 47% disapprove. Here is an excerpt from the NY Times article:
The poll provides a statistical reminder of how unsettled and unpredictable this year’s political landscape remains. Just one month ago, Mr. Obama reached a critical benchmark by winning approval from 50 percent of Times/CBS News poll respondents, his re-election prospects lifting along with confidence that the nation was finally emerging from the aftermath of the Great Recession.
Mr. Obama’s approval numbers measure his performance against expectations. But elections are choices between candidates, and on that score, he showed greater resilience in the poll.
While President Obama is beginning to slip dramatically in the polls, he is now in a statistical tie with GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and only ahead by one point compare to Rick Santorum. Here is the excerpt:
In a hypothetical matchup against his most likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, Mr. Obama had a 47 percent to 44 percent advantage, a statistical dead heat given the poll’s margin of sampling error of 3 percentage points. Against Rick Santorum, the president drew 48 percent compared with 44 percent. In both cases, the difference between the candidates was slightly smaller than it was last month.
Although it need not be stated, if a liberal leaning newspaper like the New York Times is placing President Obama and Mitt Romney in the same boat, then you know his approval rating is slipping. Here’s the roundup:
And if anything, a New York Times poll would tilt Democratic. http://t.co/QIPLIA5Q
— eyedoc11 (@EyeDoc11) March 12, 2012
— FAM Blog (@famblog) March 12, 2012
Obama's Approval Rating Is Now In Total Freefall http://t.co/ufRpqUES
— Notash Taheri (@Notash_Ariani) March 12, 2012
Obama Approval Rating Down in New York Times/CBS Poll http://t.co/fI3OrkKQ You've got to be really bad to fall with the GOP field so ugly.
— johnrharlow (@johnrharlow) March 12, 2012