Obama’s approval among blacks declines

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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President Barack Obama’s approval rating is slipping among blacks, according to the Washington Post write up of an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.

Just 58 percent of blacks have a “strongly favorable” view of the president, a steep drop from the 83 percent who said so five months ago.

Obama is not totally out of favor: Eighty-six percent still say that they hold at least a somewhat favorable view of him.

The specific crosstabs showing Obama’s favorability among blacks were not released.

The same poll found that Obama’s popularity had reached the lowest point in his presidency among the general public. Forty-seven percent of the public has a favorable view of the president, while 46 percent hold an unfavorable view. The number is even lower among independents, where 42 percent of whom view him favorably, while 48 percent view him unfavorably.

Just 31 percent now have a “strongly favorable” view of the president, an 11-point drop since the last poll in the spring. (RELATED: Obama’s approval rating low, but not Jimmy Carter low)

Other recent polls have shown similarly dreary numbers for the president. A Marist poll released Tuesday found that just 39 percent of registered voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president, the lowest measured by Marist in his presidency.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by Langer Research Associates, and surveyed 1,013 adults using live telephone interviews from September 14 through September 18. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.