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Mon Sep 06 2010

Obama Polling Worse Than He Should Be In Home State

Elsewhere this Chicago Tribune poll might even be considered good but in Obama's home state? Not so much:

A majority of the 600 Illinois registered voters surveyed still gave a positive review to Obama's performance as president -- but it is barely a majority. In all, 51 percent said they approved of the job he has done as president while 39 percent disapproved.


But everything's relative in politics, and Obama's ratings have been on a clear downward trajectory in a state that leans strongly Democratic. He netted 62 percent of the Illinois vote in 2008, and in a Tribune survey a year ago, he held an approval rating of 59 percent among state voters.

The latest poll, conducted Aug. 28 through Wednesday, has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Statewide, 47 percent of voters now say they disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy, compared with 42 percent who approve. Not surprisingly, Democrats remain gung-ho about Obama's economic leadership while Republicans overwhelmingly think it stinks.

But the mood of independents, a critical voting bloc, also appears to have soured, with 54 percent saying they disapprove of the way Obama has managed economic matters while just 31 percent say they approve.


His popularity with black voters is as strong as ever, even though African-American households have suffered more than most in the economic downturn. An overwhelming 94 percent of blacks surveyed said they approved of the job Obama is doing as president, with just 5 percent expressing disapproval.

But among white voters, 45 percent now say they disapprove of the job Obama has done as opposed to 43 percent who approve. Last year, 52 percent of white voters supported him.

White suburban women, who came out strong for Obama in 2004 and 2008, now just barely give his job performance positive marks -- 41 percent say they approve while 39 percent say they don't, and 20 percent said they couldn't venture an opinion.

More on this to come.

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