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Crises Mount But President Keeps Majority

May 15, 2013
By John Zogby, Forbes.com Contributor

According to a new poll of likely voters by Zogby Analytics, President Barack Obama maintains a 51% overall job approval rating. The poll of 1000 likely voters, conducted online on May 8 and 9, shows the President’s disapproval rating to be 46%. The numbers are almost identical to last month’s Zogby Analytics’ poll which had Mr. Obama at 52% approval and 46% disapproval.

A lot of the sub-groups polled were fairly close to last month, but a few are worthy of note. Mr. Obama’s changed more among Republican voters (17%-82%, compared with 20% -79%). Democrats and independents were unchanged. Support from men went down to 48% (it was 52% in April. Among age groups, the biggest changes came from 18-29 year olds – who have given the President over 60% of their support in 2008 and 2012 – with only 53% currently given him a positive and 44% negative (it was 39% in April).

Older voters who have never really been fans of this President declined from 39% positive to only 24%, with 72.% now in the negative column (up from 60% in April). On the flip side, Baby Boomers (50-64 year olds) moved up from 48% in April to 54% in May.

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