Poll: Obama's Iowa numbers tick up
February 25th, 2011
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Poll: Obama's Iowa numbers tick up

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's numbers are on the rise in the state that launched him towards the White House, according to a new poll.

A Des Moines Register survey released Friday indicates that the president's overall approval rating among Iowans stands at 48 percent, with 47 percent saying they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House. The president's 48 percent approval is up 3 points from September, and is his highest approval in Iowa in Des Moines Register polling since November 2009. And among independent voters, the poll indicates Obama's numbers are on the rise.

But according to the survey, a majority of Iowa residents disapprove of how the president is handling the economy, and six in ten give the thumbs down to Obama on how he's dealing with health care reform.

Obama won Iowa's Democratic caucuses in January 2008, launching him towards his party's presidential nomination. In that year's general election, he won the state by 10 points over Sen. John McCain. Four years earlier, President George W. Bush narrowly carried the state over Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic challenger.

The Des Moines Register poll was conducted by Selzer and Company from February 13 to 16, with 800 Iowa adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    To the people of Georgia: Let Rep. Broun know that threats to our President should NOT go unchallenged, and willnot be tolerated.
    Silence means consent.

    February 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. informed voter

    Despite all the opposition President Obama has faced in his mission to turn our country around from the Bush error, he has managed to get this country moving in the right direction. Smart Americans realize no president can be all things to all people. Personally, I think some of Obama's policies are too much like his predecessor's. I would have like for there to be a public option in the new health care law, but I realize that with great governance in a society as diverse as America's, there will always be compromise. That is the problem with the current crop of Republicans. Zero will to compromise, and without compromise, there will be nothing done to improve our nation.

    February 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. anthony

    So with all these Governors trying to push their conservative 'keep the rich rich and the poor poor" message to their states.. Americans are starting to feel the effect of the vote they cast last Nov.. and it appears Obama is the only adult in the run, steadily handling his business and slowly steering the country in the right direction. Republicans are too busy playing patriot games and fanning the flames of lies and hate in hopes of creating a smoke screen strong enough to continue to keep Americans blind of their motives.

    We The People...
    Obama 2012

    February 25, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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