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President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings is heading back into the cellar with a new Gallup Poll showing just 41 percent of Americans giving him a thumbs up for his job performance — tying a record low he reached twice in 2010.
The poll comes as the President launches his re-election bid and pushes taxes increases while most of the nation struggles in an uncertain economy.
Obama’s support is slipping the most with independent voters — the ones who put him into office in 2008 and his numbers are also falling with Democrats. Only 35 percent of independents think Obama is doing a good job.
What’s causing Obama problems? The economy, of course plus gas prices and the constant hammering he is taking from a tea party dominated House of Representatives.
“President Obama is now as unpopular as he has been at any time since he became President,” says Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones, who points to economic woes, gas prices and the rabid right as Obama’s big challenges. “His ability to navigate these challenges will help determine whether he will be elected to a second term as President.”
Reagan and Clinton rebounded to win second terms. Voters fired Carter after just one term.