Support for Obama Dropping Among Democrats
by Jonathan Singer, Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 11:24:42 AM EST
So says two new polls. First, here are numbers from Gallup showing demographic shifts in support for President Obama on a week-by-week basis. Four weeks ago, 53 percent of the nation approved of the job Barack Obama was doing as President. Today that number stands at 50 percent. One of the biggest movers in the poll? Democrats, whose support for the President fell 6 percentage points, from 88 percent to 82 percent (at a time support from Independents fell just 2 points and backing from Republicans remained flat). Marist caught a similar trend, finding Barack Obama's approval rating has dropped 7 percentage points among Democratic voters, from 84 percent to 77 percent.
While President Obama can't turn around his political fortunes merely by winning back the Democratic base, it is becoming clear that he has some work to do before his party loyalists come home in 2010 and 2012.