A spectacular crash in President Obama’s approval ratings has occurred in the days following the defeat of a Republican filibuster against the health care reform bill in the Senate according to Rasmussen Reports:
For the second straight day, the update shows the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President. The negative rating had never topped 42% before yesterday. However, it has risen dramatically since the Senate found 60 votes to move forward with the proposed health care reform legislation. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President.
These numbers are particularly foreboding for Obama because Rasmussen focuses on likely voters, not just the average person on the street. Furthermore, this assessment of strong support or disapproval has shown to be more reliable over long periods of time because such opinions tend not to change much once established. The level of strong disapproval for this President at this point in time is truly staggering.