Debt limit fight killing Obama at the polls 

President Obama’s approval ratings have plummeted as the debt limit fight in Congress has dragged on. According to a Pew Research Center poll released today, Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of his job as president by a 48 – 44 margin. As recently as June 19th, Pew found that Americans actually approved of Obama’s job as president by a 46 – 45 margin.

These findings echo Gallup’s Weekly Job Approval numbers which showed last week tied Obama’s worst showing ever in that poll at 43 percent approve, 48 percent disapprove. As recently as June 19th Gallup found that Americans approved of Obama’s job as president by a 47 to 45 margin.

Gallup and Pew both also find that a “generic Republican” has gained significant ground on Obama since the debt limit debate began. Gallup now shows “the Republican Party candidate” beating Obama 47 – 39. As recently as May Gallup had Obama up 43 -40. Pew still has Obama up today, but only by a 41 – 40 margin. When Pew asked the same question in May Obama was up 11 points, 48 – 37.

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