Public support for President Barack Obama remains low in the United States, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,031 American adults, 40 per cent of respondents (unchanged since September) approve of Obama’s performance as president, while 52 per cent (-1) disapprove.

Obama is unable to reach the 50 per cent mark on approval in any of the country’s four main regions, getting his best numbers in the West (47%). One third of Americans (34%) strongly disapprove of the president’s performance, while 13 per cent strongly approve.

The approval rating for the U.S. Congress stands at 13 per cent (+1). Practically four-in-five Americans (78%, =) remain dissatisfied with its performance.

The level of strong approval for federal lawmakers in the U.S. remains at two per cent, while practically half of Americans (47%, -5) strongly disapprove of its actions.

The worst rating for Congress is in the Midwest, where only one-in-ten respondents (10%) approve of its performance.


With an election year looming, the hostility towards Congress is widespread. While Democrats are slightly more likely to regard the work of federal lawmakers in a positive light (21%), fewer Republicans (12%) and Independents (7%) concur.

The situation is also complex for the incumbent president, who relied on the support of many Independents to win the 2008 election. As expected, many Democrats are still supportive of Obama (72%) and only 12 per cent of Republicans feel he is doing a good job. Among Independents, the level of strong disapproval for the American president outranks the level of strong approval by a 6-to-1 margin (42% to 7%).

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From October 19 to October 20, 2011, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,031 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.