As Obama Pushes Health Care Bill, His Job Approval Drops to 48 Percent, Says Gallup Poll

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 23, 2009 | 1:20 PM EST - President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 48% in the latest Gallup Poll, declining from 67% as recently as May 3, which was before the president’s push to enact a bill transforming the U.S. health care system became the main focus of the policy debate in Washington, D.C.
As of Friday, the president’s approval was 49%, but it dropped another point over the weekend in Gallup three-day rolling average of polling results.
“Although the current decline below 50% has symbolic significance, most of the recent decline in support for Obama occurred in July and August,” said Gallup’s analysis of its poll results. “He began July at 60% approval. The ongoing, contentious debate over national healthcare reform has likely served as a drag on his public support, as have continuing economic problems. Americans are also concerned about the Obama administration's reliance on government spending to solve the nation's problems and the growing federal budget deficit. Since September, Obama's approval rating had been holding in the low 50s and, although it has reached 50% numerous times, it had never dropped below 50% until now.”
President Obama’s approval rating was at 53% in this same Gallup poll as of October 17, meaning it has dropped five points in the past month.  Forty-four percent of Americans now say the “disapprove” of the job Obama is doing, according to the poll.