The latest Gallup poll on President Obama job performance is out. At the top line, things could be worse for the president and his party. 44 percent approve of his performance, while 53 percent disapprove.
That’s considerably worse than in the run-up to the 2010 election, and certainly cause for concern among Democrats. But Dems won’t be surprised by this split which, as I said, could be worse.
The intensity numbers, however, are terrible for Obama and the Dems. 39 percent of Americans (essentially 2 in 5) say they strongly disapprove of the president’s performance. Only 17 percent say they strongly approve. In mid-2010, the split was adverse to Obama, but far less so. 34 percent strongly disapproved, compared to 27 percent who strongly approved.
Obama’s current standing with independents is terrible. He’s underwater on the approve/disapprove axis at 39-54. And only 11 percent of independents say they strongly approve, compared to 39 percent who say they strongly disapprove.
So much for claims that Obama is the victim of Republican partisanship. Independents are disgusted with him too.
What does this mean for November? Big trouble for Democrats, one would imagine. As Gallup politely puts it, “the intensity of opinions about the president could affect. . .the forthcoming midterm election.”