Obama’s Re-election Support Plummets to 39 Percent, Says Gallup

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 21, 2010 | 3:41 PM EDT

President Barack Obama greets the crowd during a rally for Oregon Gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) - Only 39 percent of Americans now believe President Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, according to a Gallup poll conducted Oct. 14-17. That is a steep decline from the 48 percent who told Gallup he deserved reelection in a survey conducted in mid-June.

In the Oct. 14-17 poll, a majority of Americans--54 percent--told Gallup that Obama does not deserve to be re-elected.

In the Oct. 14-17 survey and in three previous polls this year, Gallup asked approximately 1,000 American adults this question: “Please tell me whether you think each of the following political office-holders deserves to be re-elected, or not. How about President Obama?”

In a poll conducted March 26-28, 46 percent said he deserved to be reelected, 50 percent said he did not and 4 percent said they had no opinion.

When Gallup asked the same question in a poll conducted May 24-25, Obama's reelection numbers had marginally improved. Forty-eight percent said he deserved to be reelected, 48 percent said he did not, and 4 percent still had no opinion.

Yet another poll conducted June 11-13 yielded almost identical results to those from late May. Forty-eight percent said Obama deserved to be reelected, 49 percent said he did not, and 3 percent said they had no opinion.

However, between that June 11-3 poll and the most recent poll conducted Oct. 14-17 the percentage of American adults telling Gallup that Obama deserved re-election dropped 9 points--to 39 percent.

The Gallup polls on this question have had a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.