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September 06, 2011

Obama Approval Sinks as Most Say Country Off Track

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds public pessimism about the direction of the country has jumped to its highest level in nearly three years pushing President Obama's approval rate to a new low of 43%.

"By this time in their presidencies, approval ratings for both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- who also suffered serious midterm setbacks during their first term -- had settled safely above the 50 percent mark. Both then stayed in positive territory throughout their reelection campaigns."

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 44% of Americans approve of the job the president is doing. Some 73% say the country is headed in the wrong direction, a level of pessimism not seen since late 2008, as the financial crisis struck.

A new Politico/Battleground Poll also finds the president's approval at just 45%. The survey shows 72% of voters believe the country is either strongly or somewhat headed in the wrong direction.


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