July 7th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP touts new poll showing fading Obama support

Washington (CNN) – Some national Republicans Wednesday morning are touting a new Gallup poll that indicates a further erosion of independent support for President Barack Obama.

According to the Gallup survey, 38 percent of independent voters approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, down 18 points from last July. Gallup notes that this is the first time the president's approval rating among independents has dropped below 40 percent.

The survey also notes that among Democrats, Obama's approval rating stands at 81 percent, while only 12 percent of Republicans give the president a thumbs up.


Both the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out emails Wednesday morning linking to news reports of the new survey.

The Gallup poll was conducted June 28-July 3, with 3,055 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points and plus or minus four percentage points for questioned asked only to independent voters.


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  1. Independent For Obama

    How many Independents approve of Republicans, I don't.

    July 7, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    The end is near democrats! Obama will be a one term president and the liberals will loose the house this November.

    July 7, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    This independent, is so turned off by the dictatorship approach of the Dem Party, that I will likely NEVER vote for a Dem again.

    Most likely to vote for a third party candidate, however, if there is one. Neither party is doing what the country really needs to have done, nor is either party listening to the people of this country.

    July 7, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Jim

    I am an independent voter but I haven't forgetten about the 8 years the Republican goons were in power. When November comes I will not forget all the no's the Republicans have been saying since Obama was elected, nor will I forget all the lies and fear mongering these goons have done although all politicians are habitual liars the GOP leads the way when it comes to telling the truth.

    I think our President is spineless but nevertheless he's our President and I want him to succeed. If he fails our country fails and that's something the Republican traitors cannot understand.

    July 7, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    INDEPENDENTS are "flip-floppers"!!! So now they TRULY believe that the RepubliCAN'Ts can do a better job????????????? They need to ask themselves – What would the RepubliCAN'Ts do – right now – if McSAME was in office????????????????????????????? MORE OF THE SAME with his sidekick PA'IN!!!

    July 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. obama victim

    this is deja vu.............all over again. Can you say "Jimmy Carter"??? or how about "President Romney"??

    July 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. ELIZABETH

    What do they think about the job the republican's are doing? Oh wait, they haven't done anything for the past eighteen months.

    July 7, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    The only way Republicans can function is to deliberately keep themselves uninformed about ALL facts or worse misinformed about them. The truth scares them S-less.

    July 7, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Lynne D

    And the approval rate of independents for Republicans is what? The GOP fails to mention that.

    July 7, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Sgt. USMC

    WOW... this proves that Obama can't do anything right... as long as we have repubs in congress. I guess we will fix that in November.

    BTW, I wonder how many of those independents who disaprove with the President's performance would actually rather have a repub President... that would be an interesting question... anyone?

    July 7, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Susan

    I'll bet they're not too thrilled with Republicans either! They never do anything positive – just stonewall again and again!

    I think we need to go more toward a three party system- but not Ron Paul! Please!!!

    July 7, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. David in Houston

    How short the independent memory must be...

    For shame.

    July 7, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Joe

    Thirty one percent of Independents and Eighty one percent of Democrats is still more than enough to win an election. Especially if the Republicant candidates are chosen by the Mayberry Mafia who control the Republicant party right now.

    July 7, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    Obama certainly has the Democratic vote. They will ride his train all the way to insolvency. It's tough to bail out when it was such a historic victory in 11'08.

    But the Independents got him to Washington. There are not enough Democrats to get him there or keep him there. But the Independents are now seeing that even with 100% support of congress and all of the money he can spend, his programs do not work. He could not have had a better chance and people see that. Nothing he is doing is working and people see that, too. He is out of his league and his advisors are giving him bad advice.

    July 7, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    I approve of him and I am an Independent. We have a microwave society. We want quick fixes and everything done yesterday. The President himself said all this mess we were left would take a while to get straight. Think with your heads, not with your hate for him! He will wind up getting all his approval ratings back, hopefully before November. The intelliegent people who understand and know the facts are not going to give up on him so early. Those childish name calling (obozo, nobummer, etc.) so so stupid sounding. No wonder you support palin.

    July 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I have news for both the Republicans and the Democrats, both of your parties have FAILED the American people and neither deserve our votes any longer.

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.

    Fire All incumbents!

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    July 7, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If you're an independent and you're leaning towards voting for a republican in November, you're a sucker and a fool. Only someone BLIND and STUPID will vote for the people who got us into this mess in the first place. What exactly has the GOBP over the last 18 months? Absolutely NOTHING!!!! Let me take that back. The GOBP has obstructed everything in Washington. That is not governing. That is OBSTRUCTION. How can you vote for candidates who haven't brought any solutions to the problems we face as a nation? They voted against the biggest piece of legislation in a generation and now they are beginning to regret it now that they see the public is liking this new CHANGE. They voted against the stimulus bill which stopped us from falling off a cliff, but yet they were at ribbon cutting ceremonies when stimulus money came to their districts. The GOBP is denying unemployment benefits to millions. How unAmerican is that?

    Vote NO for the Party of NO in NOvember

    July 7, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. key

    How sad for the GOP they look someone else support as a victory for them.

    July 7, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. gary

    And the Republicans are ranked at?

    July 7, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. dale

    What they are not talking about is that the Repubs have a far less approval rating than either the president of the democratic legislators.

    July 7, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Could it be that the free-loading Obama Kool-Aid drinkers are actually starting to wake up? ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, PEOPLE!!!!

    July 7, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Robert J

    This is truly pathetic! This country because of stupid republican ideology is going down the toilet (which can be traced to Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush II) but the republicans don't care – they want to politicize this as an event they think they can then blame on Democrtas- well the majority of "we the people" are not going to let that happen- we are sick of republican lies, ideologies, trickle down economics, a worthless eductional system, rape of our constitution and stupid useless wars.Novemebr is just around the corner boehner, mcconnell, and the rest of you republican morons!

    July 7, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Eric

    The verdict is in... the people don't like socialism.

    Obama is a one termer. And like Jimmy Carter before him, a failure in that one term.

    Want to see the real effect of liberals' economic beliefs?

    What what happens when Barry and the CongresSocialists sit on their hands and allow the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year. You'll see an already double-dipping bad economy utterly collapse.

    With disco making a comeback, all Obama needs now is a hostage crisis and he will literally morph into Jimmy Carter.

    July 7, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Marty, FL

    The GOP is focusing on negativity (again), and this is supposed to be news? From the same Gallup poll, President Obama's approval is tied within the margin of error.

    The president's overall approval is also even on RCP, aside from WorldNetDaily outlier Rasmussen.

    July 7, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Go ahead and have a big party GOBP, good for you. I remember Reagan was drowning in bad poll numbers 3 years into first term. Clinton got "crushed" in the 94 midterm elections. Beware of polling numbers 18 months into a president's first term, especially when The Great Recession has been playing out for nearly three years. As much as this country is about what-have-you-done-for-me-lately and is in such a foul mood about the state of things, most voters are even more disillusioned with the party that torpedoed a surplus by giving tax cuts to the rich and started two wars and fueled the housing bubble, and has done nothing but filibuster and scream NO in the interest of grabbing power back and denying our president any victories or credit. This strategy will fail.

    July 7, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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