Obama’s Approval at All-Time Low, Says Gallup—And It’s Especially Low Among Church-Goers, Married People, Those Over 65
June 15, 2010President Barack Obama's weekly approval rating is at an all-time low for his presidency, according to the Gallup Poll, and it is especially low among those 65 or older, those who are married, and those who attend church every week.
During the week of June 7-13, 46 percent of those surveyed told Gallup they approved of the job Obama was doing as president, while 46 percent said they disapproved. In its analysis of the poll results, Gallup points out that equals the lowest weekly approval rating Obama has received since his inauguration. Two weeks ago, in the period from May 24 to May 30, Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings were also at 46 percent, but a week ago (May 31-June 6) his approval increased to 47 percent, before dipping back to 46 percent again last week.
Obama’s highest weekly approval rating—67 percent—came in the week he was inaugurated (Jan. 19-25, 2009).
The only age group that still gives Obama a positive approval rating is the 18-29 age bracket, the youngest group polled by Gallup. From June 7-12, 56 percent in this age group said they approved of the job Obama is doing. However, only 46 percent in the 30-49 age bracket, 45 percent in the 50-64 bracket, and 38 percent in the 65 and over bracket approved of the job Obama is doing.
Only 40 percent of married people, compared to 54 percent of unmarried people, said they approved of the job Obama is doing.
Only 41 percent of those who attend church weekly, as opposed to 49 percent of those who attend church seldom or never, said they approved of the job Obama is doing.
The last time a majority of weekly church-goers said they approved of the job Obama was doing was the week of July 13-19, 2009. In the week of March 29-April 4 of this year, Obama’s approval among weekly church-goers dropped to its all-time low of 38 percent (matching his current approval among those 65 or older). A week ago (May 31-June 6), Obama’s approval among weekly church-goers was at 39 percent, so it improved by 2 points in the past week, while his overall rating was returning to its all-time law for the second week in the last three.
During the week, Gallup interviewed 3,598 adults nationwide for its survey, which has a margin of error of +/-2.