45% for Obama, 49% Against — If Election Were Held Right Now

November 8, 2009

According to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, if President Barack Obama was up for re-election at this point in time, only forty five percent (45%) of adults would “probably” vote for him; Forty nine percent (49%) of those polled said that it was unlikely that they would vote for his re-election. A majority of forty percent (40%) said they would not support him, and only thirty four percent (34%) said they would. The survey, however, was conducted with all adults as opposed to only likely voters. It did not specify who Mr. Obama would be running against either.
Women emerged as Obama’s biggest supporters, and young adults aged 18 to 29 are in favor of voting for Mr. Obama as opposed to those who are older. Still very strong with the African-American community where ninety percent (90%) say they are somewhat likely to vote for him, he loses out with the White community where only thirty six percent (36%) said the same. On the job he has been doing as President, forty two percent (42%) rate him as good while thirty seven percent (37%) say otherwise.

Forty nine percent (49%) think that Hilary Clinton would have performed the same, if she had been elected President. Only fourteen percent (14%) think that she would have done worse, and twenty seven percent (27%) believe she would have done a better job. The unhappiness with President Obama may stem from the state of the economy. Forty eight percent (48%) claimed they were worse of economically since Mr. Obama’s election, as opposed to sixteen percent (16%) who say they are doing better. The effectiveness of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, bailouts of the Auto and Financial industries and other government driven initiatives are seen as contributing factors to the drop in President Obama’s popularity.