Obama’s popularity slipping: poll

March 18th, 2009 - 12:42 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Washington, March 17 (Xinhua) US President Barack Obama’s popular support is slipping amid the deepening economic crisis, according to a poll released here Tuesday.
The survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press showed Obama’s approval rating falling to 59 percent from 64 percent in February.

It also found that the percentage of Americans who disapprove of the president’s job performance rising to 26 percent from 17 percent in the previous poll.

“Obama’s approval rating has slipped, as a growing number of Americans see him listening more to his party’s liberals than to its moderates, and many voice opposition to some of his key economic proposals,” the Pew Center said.

One reason for the slip of support could be that a plurality sees Obama aligned more with the liberal wing of his party as he pushes an agenda that calls for broad increases in government spending and taxes.

Pew found that Americans think, 44 percent to 30 percent, that the president listens more to liberals than to moderates in his party.

In January, 44 percent felt he listened more to moderates and 34 percent to liberals.

The Pew survey was conducted among 1,308 adults last Monday through Thursday.

Other surveys have also showed the president losing some support as he starts to flesh out his governing agenda.

A McClatchy-Ipsos poll last week found that Obama’s approval rating had dropped from 69 percent to 65 percent.

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