President Barack Obama got his lowest marks on the economy since taking office more than two years ago, according to a new poll showing the bump in approval ratings he enjoyed after the Osama bin Laden killing was short-lived.
Obama’s overall approval rating fell to 47 percent in the Washington Post-ABC News poll released late Monday, while 49 percent of Americans surveyed said they disapprove of his job performance, including 37 percent who strongly disapprove of the president.
At the same time, disapproval of his handling of the economy hit a new high of 59 percent in the poll, up from 55 percent in early May. Approval of his handling of the economy stayed steady at 40 percent.
The survey was partly conducted after the release on Friday of devastating economic news - unemployment ticked up to 9.1 percent from 9 percent during May and only 54,000 jobs were created during that time, well below expectations.
Just after bin Laden was killed, a poll by the Post and Pew Research Center found the president’s approval rating at 56 percent, a nine-point boost over his ratings a few weeks earlier.
Obama also got his lowest marks yet on his handling of the deficit in the new poll, with 61 percent of Americans disapproving, while 33 percent approve.
With faltering job growth and high gas prices, Americans are voicing strong pessimism about the economy. Eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said the economy is in bad shape and 57 percent said the economic recovery has not yet begun. Two-thirds said the country is headed on the wrong track.
And, on the weakness of those numbers, Obama has fallen behind Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney for the first time, getting 46 percent of the vote to the former Massachusetts governor’s 49 percent among registered voters. Obama is at or above 50 percent when matched up with other Republicans including Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Sarah Palin, all of whom get the support of between 40 and 44 percent of those surveyed.
The poll surveyed 1,002 adults June 2-5. The error margin is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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