Obama’s Approval Hits All-Time Lows With Women, Blacks and Democrats, Says Gallup

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 15, 2011 | 3:34pm EDT

In this photo taken Aug. 11, 2011, President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Johnson Controls Inc., in Holland, Mich. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama not only had his worst overall week in Gallup’s presidential job approval survey last week--with only 40 percent of American adults polled saying they approve of the job he is doing as president—but his approval also tied all-time lows among women and blacks while hitting an unprecedented low among Democrats.

In the demographic breakdown of last week’s Gallup presidential approval polling, which Gallup released today, Obama’s approval tied its record lows of 43 percent among women and 81 percent among blacks.

It hit an unprecedented low of 74 percent among Democrats.

(Obama's approval was 9 percent last week among Republicans, two percentage points above the all-time low of 7 percent it hit in the week of Oct. 11-17, 2010.)

Before last week, Obama’s approval among women had hit its record-low 43 percent in the weeks of Aug. 1-7, 2011 and April 11-17, 2011.

Also before last week, Obama’s approval among blacks had hit its record-low 81 percent in the week of Feb. 28-March 6, 2011.

However, prior to last week—when it dropped to 74 percent—the president’s approval had never fallen below 76 percent among members of his own party. It had hit the previous low of 76 percent in the week of Aug.16-22, 2010.

Obama's approval among women peaked at 70 percent in the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2009, just after his inauguration. His approval among blacks peaked at 96 percent in five different weeks in 2009, last hitting that level in the week of Aug. 3-9, 2009. Obama's approval among Democrats peaked at 93 percent, the level it hit in the week of April 27-May 3, 2009.

Obama's approval among Republicans went as high as 41 percent in the week of Jan. 19-25, 2009, which was the week he was inaugurated.

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