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BY ZACH TOOMBS

A new poll from The New York Times and CBS shows President Obama taking a big hit in his approval numbers — down from 50 percent last month to 41 percent.

The new data shows the president lost 8 points with independents and 16 points with those making between $30,000 and $50,000. Overall, 47 percent said they disapproved of the president’s performance.

So why the polling roller coaster ride for Mr. Obama? CBS asked - can the president do a lot about gas prices?

“More than half said yes. Historically, that’s been the case. During the George W. Bush presidency, too, a majority regularly told us a president can do a lot to effect gas prices.”

Democratic strategist and fundraiser Paul Begala tells Politico the president has no shortage of troubling issues on his plate.

“There is a lot of experience that tells us when gas prices go up, a president’s approval rating goes down … Add to that the crises in Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, and I think you have the cocktail of issues...”

Perhaps the most notable cut in the president’s approval rating came with women — a loss of 12 points in the last month. Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros says it shows Democratic attacks on the GOP over issues like contraception haven’t helped the president.

“They thought that this was a winner for them and almost double digits — women not going with the president. So, their war on women — that talking point is not working. It’s actually backfiring.”

And on MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan’s panel says the new polling numbers create an opportunity to rally the base — for both Republicans and Democrats.

PERCIO: “It’s going to be for fundraising.”
RATIGAN: “For the president?”
PERCIO: “Either way. You could spin it either way. The president can say ‘Look, this is going to be tough. I really need your support.”
RATIGAN: “We’re gonna’ need to man up.”
PERCIO: “And the Republicans are going to say, ‘Look how vulnerable he is.’”
RATIGAN: “We got him. We got him.”
PERCIO: “Exactly.”

The poll showed a statistical dead heat between Mr. Obama and his Republican rivals — 47 to 44 over Mitt Romney and 48 to 44 over Rick Santorum.
 

Poll: Obama Approval Drops to 41 Percent

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Mar 14, 2012

Poll: Obama Approval Drops to 41 Percent

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)


BY ZACH TOOMBS

A new poll from The New York Times and CBS shows President Obama taking a big hit in his approval numbers — down from 50 percent last month to 41 percent.

The new data shows the president lost 8 points with independents and 16 points with those making between $30,000 and $50,000. Overall, 47 percent said they disapproved of the president’s performance.

So why the polling roller coaster ride for Mr. Obama? CBS asked - can the president do a lot about gas prices?

“More than half said yes. Historically, that’s been the case. During the George W. Bush presidency, too, a majority regularly told us a president can do a lot to effect gas prices.”

Democratic strategist and fundraiser Paul Begala tells Politico the president has no shortage of troubling issues on his plate.

“There is a lot of experience that tells us when gas prices go up, a president’s approval rating goes down … Add to that the crises in Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, and I think you have the cocktail of issues...”

Perhaps the most notable cut in the president’s approval rating came with women — a loss of 12 points in the last month. Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros says it shows Democratic attacks on the GOP over issues like contraception haven’t helped the president.

“They thought that this was a winner for them and almost double digits — women not going with the president. So, their war on women — that talking point is not working. It’s actually backfiring.”

And on MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan’s panel says the new polling numbers create an opportunity to rally the base — for both Republicans and Democrats.

PERCIO: “It’s going to be for fundraising.”
RATIGAN: “For the president?”
PERCIO: “Either way. You could spin it either way. The president can say ‘Look, this is going to be tough. I really need your support.”
RATIGAN: “We’re gonna’ need to man up.”
PERCIO: “And the Republicans are going to say, ‘Look how vulnerable he is.’”
RATIGAN: “We got him. We got him.”
PERCIO: “Exactly.”

The poll showed a statistical dead heat between Mr. Obama and his Republican rivals — 47 to 44 over Mitt Romney and 48 to 44 over Rick Santorum.
 

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