Disapproval of Obama Hits 55% in Iowa

Disapproval of Obama Hits 55% in Iowa

By Tom Bevan - September 28, 2010

Iowa, the state that helped catapult Barack Obama to the Democratic nomination in 2008 and that gave him a 54% victory over John McCain in the general election, no longer appears to be Obama country, according to the latest Iowa Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. for the Des Moines Register.

Fifty-five percent of likely Iowa voters now disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, while only 42% approve. Those numbers represent a further seven-point decline from the last Iowa poll taken in February in which pegged Obama's approval/disapproval rating at 44/50.

Even among the broader group of all adults in Iowa, Obama's disapproval rating has now reached the 50% mark. According to the survey, Iowans are particularly upset with Obama's handling of health care (56% disapprove), the economy (59% disapprove), and the budget deficit (66%) disapprove.

And in an ominous sign for Iowa Democrats this November, Republicans lead in the generic ballot question by 13-points, 46 to 32, with thirteen percent undecided.

President Obama is scheduled to make a stop in Iowa this evening after attending a rally in Madison, Wisconsin this afternoon. But given the dismal poll numbers for the President and his party in the Hawkeye State, it's ironic but not surprising that Obama will not be campaigning for any Democratic candidates during his visit.

The Iowa poll surveyed 500 likely voters between September 19-22.

Tom Bevan is the co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics and the co-author of Election 2012: A Time for Choosing. Email:, Twitter: @TomBevanRCP

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