Poll: Obama approval rating ‘under water’

Poll: Obama approval rating ‘under water’

A new poll gives President Obama an overall approval rating of 44%, with 48% of respondents disapproving of his performance.

In late May, the Quinnipiac University national poll gave Obama similar ratings — 45% approval, 49% disapproval.

“President Barack Obama is in a slump, under water for the last two surveys,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Obama does get a positive rating — 52% approval to 43% disapproval — for his handling of terrorism, and a 46%-45% split for his handling of Afghanistan, Quinnipiac reported.

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Others issues generate negative ratings for the president: Syria (33%-48%), immigration (41%-50%), and the economy (41%-55%).

Also from Quinnipiac: “Voters say 50-44% that Obama is honest and trustworthy; 52-46% that he has strong leadership qualities and 52-45% that he cares about their needs.”

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