CBS News Poll: Obama’s Rating Dips Amid Independent Voter Unhappiness

The bad news for President Barack Obama today isn’t only economic: his ratings have declined again, amid further signs that he is losing independent voter support. His overall approval rating has dropped to 53 percent, a CBS news poll finds.

Approval for Mr. Obama’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan has dropped as well as more Americans now disapprove than approve.

However, a majority of Americans still approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling his job as president, but this percentage is down three points. Fifty-three percent of Americans approve of how he’s handling his job, down from 56 percent last month.

The president’s approval rating has dropped seven points among independents. Forty-five percent of independents now approve of how the president is handling his job. Last month, a majority of 52 percent approved.

Assessments of how Mr. Obama is handling the war in Afghanistan have become more negative since early October. Thirty-eight percent now approve of how President Obama is handling the war – but even more, 43 percent, disapprove. Disapproval has risen nine points, from 34 percent last month.

Again, most of the change has occurred among independents. Last month, 44 percent of independents approved and 36 percent disapproved of the job Mr. Obama was doing on Afghanistan. Now, more independents disapprove than approve: 49 percent disapprove, and just 30 percent approve.

A bad sign for Obama and the Democrats..s

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  1. Assessments of how Mr. Obama is handling the war in Afghanistan have become more negative since early October. Thirty-eight percent now approve of how President Obama is handling the war – but even more, 43 percent, disapprove. Disapproval has risen nine points, from 34 percent last month.

    Americans prefer quick decisions to correct decisions. Our tabloid society of 15 second news blurbs doesn't have the patience for long and intense debate.

    Maybe Bush was the President we deserved.

  2. Forget the polls, I have been hearing discontent of sorts (“gee things seem to a little bogged down”) from more liberal friends lately. I trust that finger in the wind more than I trust the polls.

  3. I'm wondering when the neo-libs are going to get in on this and start blaming it on the Tea Party movement, racism, or George Bush?

    By the way…..
    “Maybe Bush was the President we deserved”.

    Loved it. We Americans are WAY too spoiled and impatient. You hit that one on the head of the nail!

  4. Everyone I chat with is perfectly happy with the job President Barack Obama is doing. He is doing better than we'd hoped even in his attempts to raise the Titanic from it's descent to the sea floor. We aren't immature little babies who expect superman capabilities from a single man and his small team of toiling salvage workers.

    People who write opinions like this would do well to remember that if the ship sinks we all go down on it. Bush/Cheney did their level best to blast elephant-sized holes in the hull of America. Obama deserves the Nobel Prize and more for sticking with the most miserable job in the world right now: trying to undo the collosal mess Cheneyco left us.

    Kudos Mr.Obama. We put petty snivelling agendas, grifting greed and infantile prejudices aside and applaud your great and heroic efforts. : )

    Here's to Team Obama!

  5. I guess you are talking to different libs than I am. These are NYC libs and they still like O but I guess being New Yorkers, they have less patience.

  6. “I have been hearing discontent of sorts (“gee things seem to a little bogged down”) from more liberal friends lately”

    Just as in Congress. Note that it's more evident now, but that this process began early this year.

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