February 3, 2010
2/3: Pre SOTU, Obama’s Approval Rating Below 50% in NYS
In a poll conducted before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, fewer than half of New York State voters — 46% — believe Barack Obama is doing either an excellent or good job as president. 27% say he is doing a fair job, and 27% think he is performing poorly.
This is a major change since The Marist Poll last asked this question in mid-January and is the first time the president’s job approval rating has slipped below 50% in New York State since taking office. In mid-January, 56% gave the president above average marks, 22% saw Obama as doing a fair job, and 21% thought he was doing a subpar job.
The decline is the result of a loss of support for the president across party lines. Currently, 65% of Democrats, 21% of Republicans, and 45% of non-enrolled voters think well of the president’s job performance. In mid-January, those proportions stood at 73%, 33%, and 52%, respectively.