Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever

March 30, 2011 – , Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya

American voters disapprove 48 – 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 – 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012, both all-time lows, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 46 – 46 percent job approval rating and a 45 – 47 percent split on the President’s re-election in a March 3 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama gets 36 percent of the vote to 37 percent for an unnamed Republican challenger. Democrats approve 80 – 13 percent of the job Obama is doing, but disapproval is 81 – 9 percent among Republicans and 50 – 39 percent among independent voters. Men disapprove 52 – 41 percent while women split 44 – 44 percent.
Voters oppose 47 – 41 percent America’s involvement in Libya. In the survey concluded Monday evening as President Obama was addressing the nation about Libya, voters say 58 – 29 percent that he has not clearly stated U.S. goals for Libya. American voters give conflicting signals about U.S. involvement in Libya:
  • They approve 53 – 35 percent of using cruise missiles to destroy Libya’s air defense;
  • They say 48 – 41 percent the U.S. should not use military force to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power;
  • They say 65 – 27 percent the U.S. should use military force to protect civilians from Gadhafi.
“President Barack Obama’s approval numbers are at their lowest level ever, slightly below where they were for most of 2010 before he got a bump up in surveys after the November election and into the early part of this year,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Some reasons for his overall numbers might be that Obama receives negative ratings on his handling of the budget deficit, the economy, foreign policy, health care and energy policy.” American voters split 46 – 45 percent on whether protecting Libyan civilians from Gadhafi is a goal worth having U.S. troops “fight and possibly die.” And voters say 61 – 30 percent that removing Gadhafi is not worth having American troops “fight and possibly die.” A total of 62 percent of voters are “very confident” or “somewhat confident” that the U.S. mission to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi will be successful. But 74 percent of voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that the U.S. will get embroiled in a long-term military conflict in Libya. The pattern of political support for the president regarding Libya is somewhat different than with the war in Afghanistan, for which public support continues to deteriorate. Now, 50 percent of voters say the U.S. should not be involved in that conflict while 41 percent says it is the right thing to do. “Republicans have been the strongest supporters of the Democratic president’s policy. Currently, 50 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independent voters support the effort in Afghanistan,” Brown said. “On Libya, 48 percent of Democrats but only 40 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of independent voters voice support.” From March 22 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,069 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter. 1. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, do you think you would vote for Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, or the Republican candidate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

Obama                36%     2%    79%    28%    33%    39%    29%    89%
Republican           37     79      7     32     39     36     43      1
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL) 14     12      5     23     15     14     15      4
DK/NA                12      6      8     17     13     12     12      6

                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con


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  1. HCQ writes:
    Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy how many times?

    HCQ, you obviously do not understand high finance or the law, which is why The Donald is a billionaire while you are still working on your first million:-))

    Bob writes:
    Another 4 years of Obama and many more Americans will be filing for bankruptcy, and taking the rest of the Western world down too

    Tell this to the 78% moron segment of American Jews.

  2. Let’s talk Donald Trump….or better still lets talk Donald Trump as the President of the USA ata time when the USA needs something very specific in a leader.

    Let me start out with a disclaimer. I didn’t for many years like DT based mostly on what I had heard other people say about him. The supposed bankrupcies, the hair, the flamboyancy, all the typical shallow things that allow us to destroy people based on fast, knee-jerk reactions them move on to what we figure are more important criteria for judging people. Frankly there are still some shallow things that bug me about Trump, but I’ve taken a really close look at the image he portrays on his show The Apprentice, and even though its highly edited, there is much one can learn about him in order to see if he is the man for the times.

    I watch the show on the internet here in Israel, thus I can watch a whole season, sans commercials in about 8-10 hours. Usually its while I’m working on another computer, but I get the jist. For all the things I am not thrilled about with him, there are a few things that make him stand out.

    First. He analyzes the situation and gathers facts in a very formal and all-inclusive way. He has his children act as “spies” and can weigh their comments very well given that he has known them all their lives and has trained them well. They may not be the sharpest pencils in the box, but what they bring to the task at hand, and what they don’t bring are essentuial in allowing him to make a decision.

    Second. He himself takes a good look at what is going on in the challenges and always has the challenges set up and judged by people, clients, friends, top business people, etc in their respective fields, specialties and industries. The challenges may seem simple, but how they are accomplished and what they say about the project leader speaks worlds as to Trump’s delegation skills and more importantly to his demand for accountablility and success, process and above all trueness to the cause (betond honesty, morality and ethics)

    Third. He always makes the final decision. The buck stops with him. He is the one who hires and fires. In the end he turns out a great product. He understands the importance of leadership and taking ownership of not only the process, but the ultimate result. He listens, weights the information, comes out with 3 alternatives, decides, and moves on.

    Fourth. He is a terrific businessman. He has achieved success measurable in many different ways. He is a huge brand, has his name on many of the icon brands globally including vast real estate in the #1 city in the world. He is never going to worry about where his next dollar or meal is going to come from. He may have gone bankrupt, but that as a sole measurement of success is like judging a great home run hitter by how many times he has struck out. The best hitter in the history of the universe has never done better than hit 400 plus or minus! Why would one expect an amazing businessman to do better than 99% success, which as a metric for Trump, is close to what he had.

    Fifth. Beyond all needs, the USA needs a great leader who understands how to put people in the right place and get the job done, financially, militarily, spiritually, and in a global way. One of the criticisms of Obama is that he has not even run a candy store let alone be challenged by the largest most robust and dynamic economy in the world. Donald Trump has run business before. He has the experience.

    Sixth. Trump knows where to go for help. He needs a man like Alan West at his side and I’m fairly certain he would select a great running mate. DT works best at the top of an organization. He exudes charisma and if asked, might dedicate a few years to help out. He certainly understands the red white and blue and the values that make America great.

    Finally. I know there are others who can also bring a wealth of experience and dedication to the job. I’m sure on both sides of the aisle there are many who are far better than the poseur we got last time. Donald Trump may piss off some people, and I’m sure we will hear from them in response, but my main point is that he is a man who can provide leadership and experience to a position sadly lacking both. The one thing i’m not sure of is whether he can possibly be worse that what we have now.

  3. “Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy how many times?
    I do respect Allen West though.”

    Another 4 years of Obama and many more Americans will be filing for bankruptcy, and taking the rest of the Western world down too

  4. From where I’m sitting in the UK, Donald Trump and Alan West would be good running mates for 2012. A patriotic soldier and an American businessman. Dream Team.