Gallup: Obama’s Approval Sinks to All-Time Low—Among Liberals

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 21, 2014 | 3:40pm EST

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

( - President Barack Obama’s job approval sunk to an all-time low among liberals in Gallup polling done in the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, according to data released by the polling company.

Sixty-two percent of self-described liberals told Gallup last week they approve of the job Obama is doing as president. That was down from 71 percent in the previous two weeks. Last week’s approval of 62 percent was the lowest job approval Obama has ever gotten from liberals in the Gallup poll.

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Before last week, the lowest Obama’s job approval had ever dropped among liberals surveyed by Gallup was 65 percent--the level it hit in the week of Dec. 16-22, 2013.

Obama’s job approval among liberals peaked at 92 percent in the week of May 4-10, 2009.

Overall, 40 percent of 3,563 people surveyed by Gallup in the week of Jan. 13-19, said they approved of the job Obama was doing as president. Fifty-two percent said they disapproved.

Forty-four percent of moderates said they approved of the job Obama was doing as president, and 22 percent of conservatives.

By party affiliation, 75 percent of Democrats last week approved of the job Obama was doing, 32 percent of Independents approved, and 11 percent of Republicans approved.

When party affiliation and ideology were combined in Gallup’s findings, 84 percent of self-described liberal Democrats approved of the job Obama was doing, 71 percent of moderate Democrats, 62 percent of conservative Democrats, 26 percent of pure independents, 19 percent of liberal and moderate Republicans, and 8 percent of conservative Republicans.

Thirty-seven percent of men said they approved of the job Obama was doing, and 43 percent of women.

During the week of Jan. 13-19, Obama gave a speech at the Justice Department explaining how his administration would move forward with the collection of telephone metadata that can be analyzed by the National Security Agency for counter-terrorism purposes.

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