Obama’s economic approval rating is running almost as good as the economy. Unfortunately a lot of voters no longer vote on the economy. They vote on identity politics, coolness and Saturday Night Live skits.
Obama’s approval rating on the economy sunk to 35 percent in the latest Gallup poll, despite the president’s renewed focus on the issue with a series of jobs-themed trips over the summer.
The Gallup poll released Thursday shows the president’s overall approval rating also continuing to drop. In the Aug. 7-11 survey, Obama was given a 44 percent approval rating — down from 47 percent in early June.
The president fared worst on economic issues.
On the economy, his rating is down 7 points from June. His rating on the issue of taxes also fell, from 41 percent to 36 percent.
On the budget deficit, the percentage of people who approve of Obama’s handling went from 31 to 26.
Those are terrible numbers, except for the overall approval rating which hovers in the same basic area. And that’s the problem. People may recognize that the economy is bad, but they’ve given Obama a pass on it.
For all the talk of low information voters, people know the budget deficit is terrible and they still pass an overall approval.