Gallup: Obama Holds His Base, But Approval Rating Down to 42%

Politco reports, despite much grumbling from the left in Congress and online, President Barack Obama isn’t losing his base and has largely maintained his liberal support, a new Gallup Poll found.

Of self-described liberals, 72 percent still approve of Obama’s job performance, down seven points since the beginning of June but up two percentage points from mid-July, the poll found.


“Obama’s support among Americans who identify themselves as both liberal and Democratic was 83% last week, little changed from previous weeks and slightly higher relative to Obama’s overall approval rating than it has been historically,” Gallup said.

“Although President Obama’s job approval rating hit the low point of his administration during the past week and is down among most subgroups, there are no signs yet that he has taken a disproportionate hit among his traditional base of liberals and Democrats. On a relative basis, both of these groups remain as loyal to Obama compared with Americans overall as they have been on average since he took office in January 2009,” Gallup added.

The president’s overall approval rating is at 42 percent, down from 50 percent at the beginning of June.


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