By Dave Andrusko
No sooner had I posted an item about President Obama faltering re-election prospects than our trusty readers sent along further evidence. Since it is the end of the day, let me quickly summarize the latest bad news for Obama.
We talked about the single worst three-day average approval ratings of Obama’s time in office. For August 25-27, the numbers were 38% approval and 55% disapproval.
But as Gallup’s Lydia Saad subsequently wrote, “President Barack Obama’s job approval rating averaged 40% last week, tying his record-low 40% ratings for the two prior weeks that started on Aug. 8.”
In 2008 Obama brought together an electoral coalition that included minorities, young people, and women as well as good support among Whites generally.
While Obama receives 83% support from blacks, according to Saad, “this is the third consecutive week he has earned less than majority support from Hispanics, and the current 44% — also registered the prior week — is his lowest from this group. [As I recall Obama received 80%+ Hispanic support in 2008]. Whites’ 32% average approval rating in each of the past two weeks is also a record low.”
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey looked at Gallup’s numbers and found even more reason for concern for Obama:
“Obama faces more problems in the demographics. Gallup compares the numbers from the beginning of summer, when Obama was still coming off of the bump he received from the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, and the change has been precipitous. He’s lost 10 points overall on job approval, twelve points with Hispanic voters, sixteen points with post-graduate college-educated voters, sixteen points among the highest income earners, and twelve points among self-described moderates. It’s a summer-long meltdown.”
Tomorrow we’ll look at Obama’s falling numbers among other demographic groups as measured by another recent poll. By way of preview, the Associated Press’s Ken Thomas wrote.
An analysis of Associated Press-GfK polls, including the latest survey released last week, shows that Obama has lost ground among all those groups since he took office. The review points to his vulnerabilities and probable leading targets of his campaign as he seeks to assemble a coalition diverse enough to help him win re-election in tough economic times.
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