Gallup: ‘Disapproval’ of Obama Climbs to 50 Percent on Day He Delivers Debt Plan

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 14, 2011 | 2:25 PM EDT

President Barack Obama outlines his plan for dealing with the federal debt at George Washington University in Washington, April 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - Public disapproval of the job President Barack Obama is doing hit 50 percent on Wednesday, according to the Gallup poll. At the same time, public approval of the job Obama is doing dropped to 42 percent--only one point above its all-time low of 41 percent.

The results came on the same day the president delivered a major address laying out his plan for dealing with the federal debt.

Obama's disapproval jumped 2 points on Wednesday and his approval dropped 2 points. Gallup's results through Tuesday--before Obama gave his speech on the debt--had shown Obama's disapproval rating at 48 percent and his approval rating at 44 percent.

Before yesterday, the last time 50 percent of Americans told Gallup they disapproved of the job Obama was doing was in the three day period that ended on Oct. 23--shortly before last year’s congressional elections that swept Republicans back into the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The highest disapproval rating that President Obama has ever received in the Gallup poll came in August 2010, when members of Congress returned home to face their constituents during the summer congressional recess. Then there was an eight-day stretch—Aug. 13-20—when the three-day-average disapproval rating for Obama did not drop below 50 percent.

For two three-day periods during that time--Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 16-18—Obama’s disapproval hit an all-time peak of 52 percent.

Yesterday, however, was the first time since before last November's election that Obama’s disapproval hit 50 percent in the Gallup poll.

Gallup asks about 500 Americans each day whether they approve or disapprove of the job the president is doing and then publishes a 3-day average of the responses.

The three day averages for April 11-13, which Gallup published today, show that 50 percent of Americans disapproved of the job Obama is doing and 42 percent approved.