Obama's Approval Rating Plummets in New York

Obama's Approval Rating Plummets in New York

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - August 12, 2011

President Obama's approval rating has taken a sharp dive in the Democratic stronghold of New York, according to a new survey released Friday.

A Quinnipiac University poll found 49 percent of voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, while 45 percent approve, marking the first time the president's approval numbers have been under water in a Quinnipiac poll taken in the Empire State. Obama has seen his numbers drop sharply since a June Quinnipiac survey in which 57 percent approved of his performance and 38 percent did not.

The poll's director, Maurice Carroll, said in a statement that the congressional drama over raising the nation's debt ceiling "devastated President Barack Obama's numbers even in true blue New York."

On Thursday night, the president attended two fundraisers in the Big Apple to raise money for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The first was at the Ritz Carlton, and the second took place at the home of film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Empire State voters are split on whether to send the president -- for whom they voted into office by 26 points in 2008 -- back to the White House for a second term. Forty-eight percent say he deserves re-election while 46 percent say he does not. Additionally, though Obama leads a generic Republican challenger by 15 points, he is just shy of the 50 percent mark. Overall, Obama leads a generic Republican, 49 percent to 34 percent, and holds a slight 38-35 edge among independents.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s approval rating is also down since June, when 54 percent of voters approved of her job performance; now, 49 percent approve. Her senior colleague, Chuck Schumer, also drew a lower approval rating, 56 percent, compared to 64 percent in June.

For this poll, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,640 registered voters from Aug. 3-8. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. 

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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