Gallup: Disapproval of Obama Ties All-Time High

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 8, 2011 | 4:50pm EDT

President Barack Obama signs legislation increasing the federal government's debt limit on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (White House photo/Pete Souza)

( - The percentage of Americans saying they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing tied its all-time low of 42 percent in the week of Aug. 1-7, while the percentage of Americans saying they disapprove of the job Obama is doing tied its all-time high of 50 percent, according to the Gallup poll.

The record-high 50-percent level in Obama’s disapproval came in the same week he signed legislation to increase the federal government’s debt limit by $2.4 trillion and Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. government debt from AAA to AA+ for the first time ever.

Obama weekly disapproval in the Gallup poll had previously hit its record high of 50 percent in the week of Aug. 16-22, 2010. It has never exceeded that percentage.

The percent of Americans saying they approve of the job Obama is doing has now been at its record-low of 42 percent for back-to-back weeks. It first hit that all-time low in the week of July 25-31.

Gallup also publishes a three-day rolling average of Obama’s approval and disapproval. In the three-day averages, Obama’s approval has dropped as low 40 percent in the 3-day periods ending July 28 and July 30, and his disapproval has risen as high as 52 percent in the three-day periods ending July 29, July 30, and Aug. 4.

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