Obama still maintaining his support base among liberals: Poll

Washington, August 3(ANI): The latest poll has shown that US President Barack Obama retains his support base, especially among liberals.

A new Gallup poll has found that 72 percent of self-described liberals still approve of Obama’s job performance.

Obama’s job approval rating was seven points higher in the beginning of June, but two points lower in mid-July.

“Obama’s support among Americans who identify themselves as both liberal and Democratic was 83 percent last week, little changed from previous weeks and slightly higher relative to Obama’s overall approval rating than it has been historically,” Politico quoted Gallup, as saying.

“Although President Obama’s job approval rating hit the low point of his administration during the past week and is down among most sub- groups, there are no signs yet that he has taken a disproportionate hit among his traditional base of liberals and Democrats. On a relative basis, both of these groups remain as loyal to Obama compared with Americans overall as they have been on average since he took office in January 2009,” Gallup added.

Overall 42 percent respondents approved of Obama’s performance, as compared to 50 percent in the beginning of June.

Since the poll was conducted last week, the effect of Congress and Obama passing a historic debt-ceiling deal has not been measured in the survey.

Democrats rated Obama 33 percentage points higher than his overall rating, while Independents rated him four points lower and Republicans 34 points lower than the national average.

The poll also found 77 percent Democrats approved of Obama, as compared to 12 percent of Republicans. (ANI)