Obama blames soaring gas prices for approval ratings dip

April 23rd, 2011 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Culver City (California, US), Apr. 23 (ANI): U.S.President Barack Obama has blamed the soaring prices of gasoline for the dip in his approval ratings.

Speaking at a fundraiser dinner in Culver City, California, Obama said: “My poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis, and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people.”

Fuel currently costs four dollars a gallon nationwide, the New York Daily News reports.

A recent Gallup poll shows just one in four (41 percent) of Americans approve of Obama’s performance, which ties his all time low from the fall of 2010.

Pollster Jeffrey M. Jones said: “Presidents’ approval ratings have historically suffered in times of high gas prices.”

The event was one of six fundraisers over the course of Obama’s three-day trip to the West Coast.

Obama launched his re-election campaign earlier this month. (ANI)

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