Women Defect: Obama Ratings Down

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A supporter of Barack Obama shows off the earrings she got in New York City before the start of an Obama campaign rally at the George Mason University campus on October 19, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia.

President Barack Obama’s favorable ratings are in negative territory, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today that shows women voters souring on his performance in office.

Women voters were key to Obama’s re-election in 2012, giving him 55 percent of their votes, according to a CNN exit poll. In an April Quinnipiac survey, 56 percent approved of Obama’s job performance and 39 percent disapproved, and Obama had an overall approval rating of 49 percent positive and 45 percent negative.

In this latest poll, women approved of Obama’s performance in office by just 48 percent to 44 percent, and his overall ratings were 48 percent unfavorable and 44 percent favorable.

U.S. voters disapproved of the way Obama was handling the economy, 55 percent to 41 percent; Syria, 48 percent to 33 percent; immigration, 50 percent to 41 percent; and foreign policy, 52 percent to 40 percent.

They do say he is honest and trustworthy by 50 percent to 44 percent, that he cares about their needs by 52 percent to 45 percent, and that he is a strong leader by 52 percent to 46 percent.

“Generally, voters don’t seem  happy with some of the president’s policies, but they still give him majority support on his personal characteristics such as honesty and leadership,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac Polling Institute.

The survey of 2,014 registered voters was taken June 28-July 8 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.


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