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Gallup: Obama hits 38 percent approval for seventh time

Pres. Obama at NATO meeting Sept 5, 2014.
Pres. Obama at NATO meeting Sept 5, 2014.
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Washington - Pres. Obama’s approval rating matched an all-time low of 38 percent in yesterday's Gallup Daily Tracking Poll. Meanwhile, Democratic Senate candidates hurt by Mr. Obama's consistently low approval ratings are struggling in campaigns across the country.

Thursday’s Gallup survey result of 38 percent represents a 12-point drop since December and is the lowest rating for the President since October 2011 when unemployment was at 9 percent. The surge in Americans who do not approve of the job the president is doing also matches a 38 percent rating he received after the downgrade of US credit by Standard & Poor in August 2011.

The only good news for the Democrat President is that he has not matched Jimmy Carter’s record low Gallup approval rating of 28 percent. The former Democratic president saw interest rates reach 22 percent as Americans were idled by long lines at service stations waiting for a chance to purchase gas during anartificially-constructed fuel shortage.

“We have the situation in Russia, we have the situation in Syria and we have the situation of Americans being beheaded by ISIS,” said Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport, the New York Post reported.

However, this is the seventh time Mr. Obama’s job performance rating has dipped to 38 percent according to Gallup. Perhaps as troubling, the President’s disapproval rating remained at a majority 54 percent. While yesterday’s disapproval rating of 54 points is still two points above the 56 percent mark recorded earlier this year, Mr. Obama has dipped to 38 percent approval seven times.

Meanwhile, a jobs report out Thursday showed a disappointing 142,000 jobs were created as the unemployment rate ticked down to 6.1 percent from 6.2. The modest change in unemployment is not likely to benefit the President since it largely represents a decline in the workforce, meaning more people have given up looking for jobs.

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