No Recovery for President Obama or Congress in United States

Half of Americans disapprove of Obama’s performance.

The approval rating for U.S. President Barack Obama remained stable month, and half of Americans continue to disapprove of his performance, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,012 American adults, 43 per cent of respondents (= since August) approve of Obama’s performance, while 50 per cent (-1) disapprove.

The level of strong approval for the U.S. President (13%, -1) continues to trail the level of strong disapproval by double digits (30%, -4).

Four-in-five Republicans (88%, +4) are dissatisfied with Obama, while seven-in-ten Democrats (71%, -3) are content with the American president.

Three-in-five Independents (57%, -5) disapprove of Obama’s performance, while more than a third approve of it (36%, +2).

The approval rating for the U.S. Congress stands at 19 per cent this month (-3), while 69 per cent of respondents disapprove of its actions (-1).

The level of strong approval for federal lawmakers is three per cent (-1), while two-in-five Americans (38%, -3) are strongly dissatisfied.

This month, Congress garnered a slightly lower level of support from Democrats (32%, -6). The numbers are decidedly worse among Independents (13%, =) and Republicans (8%, -2).


September did not bring a recovery for President Obama, who maintains the same approval rating he had in August. The silver lining for Obama is that there is a marked reduction in the proportion of Independents who disapprove of his performance

Less than one-in-five Americans are satisfied with the way Congress is doing its job. The level of animosity continues to be higher for Republicans and Independents, but even Democrats are starting to become disenchanted with the federal lawmakers.

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