Gallup: Obama’s Approval Sinks Back to All-Time Low Among Blacks

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 25, 2012 | 4:32pm EST

President Barack Obama walks outside the Oval Office on Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

( - President Barack Obama’s approval rating has fallen back to its all-time low among blacks, dropping below 80 percent for only the second time in his presidency, according to Gallup.

In the week of Jan. 16-22, 2012--a period that began with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--Obama’s approval among blacks dropped 8 points, from 87 percent to 79 percent. The president’s approval among blacks had previously dropped as low as 79 percent in the week of Oct. 10-16, 2011, according to Gallup.

Obama’s highest approval among blacks was 96 percent, a level he achieved in five different weeks of 2009.

Obama’s overall approval rating in the week of Jan. 16-22 was 45 percent, said Gallup.

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