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Obama approval rating nears his lowest since 2009

- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2014

Forty-one percent of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing, said the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor quarterly survey — bumping up against the president's lowest ratings since April 2009.

Fifty-two percent disapprove of his job performance in the survey of 1,000 adults taken from April 9-13. Since 2009, the surveys have only recorded lower approval ratings for him last November (38 percent) and last September (40 percent), National Journal reported.

About a quarter of those polled say they believe the country is headed in the right direction, and 62 percent say it's off on the wrong track. Only a quarter of those polled also say they believe Mr. Obama's agenda will increase opportunities for people like them.

Eleven percent say they approve of Congress's job performance, and 80 percent disapprove.

However, Mr. Obama's standing among key constituencies in red states where Democratic senators are up for re-election is in trouble: 35 percent of whites approve of his job performance, and 59 percent disapprove. Sixty-two percent of non-college whites and whites older than 50 also disapprove of his job performance.

"The Democratic red-state Senate incumbents facing voters this year in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are demonstrating surprising resilience in polls," author Ron Brownstein wrote. "But the pervasive skepticism about Obama's performance and agenda among older and blue-collar whites remains a powerful headwind threatening their hold on those seats — and their party's hold over the Senate."

The poll of 1,000 Americans has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The full results will be published next month in National Journal's magazine.

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