WASHINGTON, D.C., November 23, 2010 ( – U.S. President Barack Obama’s approval rating is sliding in the wake of the slaughter of congressional Democrats at the polls during the mid-term elections on Nov. 2. Many commentators have attributed the results of that election to Obama’s deeply unpopular policies and management of the economy.

A survey from pollster John Zogby shows just 39 percent of likely voters approve of his job as president. Those who disapprove have swelled to 60 percent, up nine percent since September 20, according to Zogby.

At least 69 percent of those polled say the U.S. is on the wrong track, which Zogby notes is higher now than at any other time since Obama took office.

Democrats took a beating in the U.S. midterm elections after voter anger did not subside, as the president had hoped, over his the national health care reform law. The law has been criticized by pro-life groups for creating many backdoor funding avenues for abortion. 

The GOP’s landslide halved the Blue Dog and pro-life Democrat membership in the chamber, making the House membership of the Democrat Party even more ideologically liberal and pro-abortion than before.

The Zogby poll also suggests that pro-life GOP figures Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and even Jeb Bush (who has disavowed a run for the presidency) would beat Obama in a hypothetical matchup in 2012. The President only slightly edges out Sarah Palin (41 – 40 percent), but it’s a statistical tie.

Obama, however, trounced potential pro-abortion contenders like billionaires Donald Trump and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a hypothetical matchup.

The poll examined 2,424 registered voters in an online interactive survey between Nov. 19-22, 2010, and has a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.

Other poll numbers look ugly for Obama – a just-released Quinnipiac poll shows 49 percent of voters do not believe the president deserves a second term.

Only 35 percent of independents say he deserves four more years in office.

In hypothetical match-ups, Obama lands in statistical ties with Romney, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee, but beats Palin by eight points.

Both Zogby and Quinnipiac show a growing level of discontent in Democrat ranks, likely a response the GOP’s midterm election.

Both polls show more than a quarter of Democrats are dissatisfied with Obama’s performance and could be looking for a primary challenger to Obama in 2012. At least 27 percent in the Quinnipiac poll said they would welcome a challenger. Those numbers mirror the 28 percent of voters in the Zogby poll disapproving of Obama’s job as president.

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg told the Christian Science Monitor he predicts events in Afghanistan will determine whether Democrats will mount a challenger in 2012. Another Quinnipiac poll has shown that 62 of Democrats believe the U.S. is doing the wrong thing in Afghanistan, while only 33 percent support the current U.S. military involvement.


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