Gallup Poll: Obama’s Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low With Liberals--At 70 Percent

By Terence P. Jeffrey | December 9, 2010 | 3:29 PM EST

President Barack Obama makes a statement regarding the ongoing tax deal negotiation with Congress, during his meeting with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, in Oval Office, Wednesday, Dec., 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

( - President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped to an all-time low among self-described liberals, according to the Gallup Poll.

For the week of November 29 to December 5, Obama’s approval rating was 70 percent among liberals, says Gallup. Although that was far higher than Obama’s overall approval rating of 46 percent, it was still the lowest of his presidency among liberals.

Obama’s approval rating among liberals peaked at 92 percent in the week of May 4-10, 2009, according to Gallup. The last time it broke 80 percent among liberals was April 19-25, 2010--a month after he signed the health-care reform law.

Each week Gallup asks approximately 3,000 to 3,700 American adults whether they approve or disapprove of the job the president is doing. It then publishes the president’s overall approval rating for the week, as well as a breakout of the president’s approval rating during that week among various demographic groups. On a daily basis, Gallup also posts the president’s overall average approval rating for the last three days of polling it has finished tabulating.

During the week of the midterm election (November 1-7), Obama’s approval rating among liberals was 78 percent, or eight percentage points higher than last week.

Gallup’s polling for its weekly report on the president’s approval rating is completed each Sunday--which in this case was a day before Obama announced he had cut a deal with Republican leaders in Congress to extend the Bush-era income tax rates for two years, including for people earning more than $250,000 per year, and also to extend unemployment benefits for thirteen months.

Last week, President Obama called for a two-year freeze on pay for civilian government workers, began negotiating his tax-deal with Republicans, and made a brief surprise visit to Afghanistan. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also announced that the national unemployment rate had risen to 9.8 percent after holding at 9.6 percent in August, September and October.

Since Sunday, Obama’s overall three-day-average approval rating has dropped every day thus far reported by Gallup. On Sunday, it was 47 percent; on Monday, it was 46 percent; and, on Tuesday, it was 43 percent.

Obama's lowest-ever overall three-day approval rating in the Gallup Poll was 41 percent, a nadir it has hit on multiple occasions, but most recently in the three-day period of Oct. 21-23 of this year.