Gallup: Obama’s Approval Among Blacks Ties All-Time Low

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 17, 2011 | 4:03 PM EDT

President Barack Obama greets the crowd before speaking at a town hall meeting at Seed Savers Exchange, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Decorah, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

( - President Barack Obama’s job approval tied its all-time low among black Americans last week, according to the Gallup poll.

When asked by Gallup in the week of Aug. 8-14 whether they approved of the way Obama was handling his job as president, a record-low 81 percent of blacks surveyed said that they did. Back in the week of Feb. 28-March 6, Obama’s approval among blacks also dropped to as low as 81 percent.

After that, Obama’s approval among black Americans had rebounded to as high as 91 percent in Gallup polling conducted the week of May 9-15 of this year.

As recently as the week of Jan. 10-16, Obama’s approval among blacks was at 94 percent in the Gallup poll.

President Obama’s highest ever weekly job approval among black Americans in Gallup polling was 96 percent, a level it reached in five different weeks of 2009, the last of which was the week of Aug. 3-9, 2009.