Obama Disapproval Soars to 54 Percent in Virginia--State He Won in 2008

September 15, 2011 - 6:40 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new poll shows President Barack Obama's disapproval rating has soared to 54 percent in Virginia, a battleground state the Democrat took from the Republicans to win the White House in 2008 and will likely need to carry next year to win re-election.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, based on telephone interviews with more than 1,300 registered voters from Sept. 7-12, was released Thursday and found that only 40 percent approved of the president's performance, down from 48 percent in the same survey in June. Six percent were undecided. The survey's margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

The results mirror other polls that show a continuing slide in the president's popularity in a slow, troubled economy.