Obama Approval Drops to 46% in United States

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(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for Barack Obama fell slightly last month in the United States, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 46 per cent of respondents approve of their president’s performance, down two points since March.

In American elections, candidates require 270 votes in the Electoral College to win the White House. In November 2008, Democratic nominee Obama secured a majority of electoral votes, defeating Republican contender John McCain. In January 2009, Obama became the first African American president in U.S. history.

On Apr. 11, Obama discussed his views on nuclear weapons, saying, “The single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term and long-term, would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is something that could change the security landscape in this country and around the world for years to come.”

Polling Data

Do you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama’s performance as president?

Apr. 2010 Mar. 2010 Feb. 2010 Jan. 2010
Approve 46% 48% 48% 47%
Disapprove 45% 45% 45% 44%
Not sure 9% 8% 7% 8%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,004 American adults, conducted on Apr. 20 and Apr. 21, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)