President Obama rating drops but still ahead of Newt Gingrich, ABC News-Washington Post poll says

By on Dec 15, 2011 in International, Politics, United States Comments

The latest rating of US President Barack Obama dropped but is notably much ahead of Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich, according to the recent poll of ABC News-Washington Post.

As noted in the poll result posted at Washington Post on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, President Obama had a rating of 49% not in favor of him while 48% voted favorable for him.

According to reports, this is the first time that Obama had a negative number higher than the positive rate, which went down by 31 points from his career high, days before he was elected back in 2008.

Nevertheless, Obama’s rating is still much higher as compared to Gingrich, who had an unfavorable rating of 48% and a favorable rating of 35%, and had more than undecided points than the president.

“If an overall 48 percent or 49 percent unfavorable rating is unwelcome, consider the economy: A vast 74 percent of Americans express an unfavorable opinion of its direction, including 51 percent who rate it ‘strongly’ unfavorably.” A statement reads at that day.

“That’s in part a political judgment, with dim views of the economy‚Äôs direction 19 points higher among Republicans (84 percent unfavorable) than among Democrats (65 percent).” ABC News added.

For the Group category, the poll indicated that President Obama had a 22-point higher favorability among Democrats, which 82 percent higher than of Gingrich among Republicans, in which a popularity contest was believed to be under way for the GOP.

Likewise, the poll also showed Obama having an 8-point net negative score among independents (44-52 percent, favorable-unfavorable) but the former House of Representatives Speaker had a lower score, -15 points (33-48 percent).

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was reportedly conducted via phone December 7-11 2011, among a random national sample of 1,012 adults, comprising of combined users of both landline and cell phones; and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

December 2011 ABC News-Washington Post poll results
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