Gallup: Obama Had Worst Month Ever in August

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 7, 2011 | 5:16pm EDT

President Barack Obama (AP Photo).

( - Over the course of August, Gallup asked 15,343 American adults whether they approved of the way Barack Obama was handling his job as president. The final result, the polling company reported today, was that only 41 percent said they approved, giving Obama the lowest monthly approval rating of his presidency.

That is down 25 points from the 66 percent monthly approval Obama won in January 2009, the month he was inaugurated.

Obama also hit his lowest monthly approval among Hispanics during August, and tied his lowest monthly approval among blacks.

During the month, Gallup interviewed 1,183 Hispanics and 48 percent of them said they approved of the job Obama was doing as president. Gallup also interviewed 1,137 blacks during August and 84 percent said they approved of the job Obama was doing.

During August, Gallup also asked 12,254 white Americans whether they approved of the way Obama was handling his job as president and 33 percent said they did—an all-time low for Obama’s approval among this group.

Obama’s overall monthly approval of 41 percent for August was down three points from his monthly approval of 44 percent for July.

In June 2009, during his first year in office, Obama had 95 percent approval among blacks, 78 percent approval among Hispanics, and 53 percent approval among whites. Since then, his monthly approval has dropped 11 points among blacks, 30 points among Hispanics, and 20 points among whites.

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