Gallup tracking data from January through June find Obama's job approval rating is below 50 percent in most of the battleground states. Chances are his numbers are even worse now.
The bad news: Mr. Obama is below 50 percent in most of the battleground states that will determine next year’s election. And this result is from aggregated Gallup tracking data that were taken from January through June of this year, so it does not factor in the high-wire debt-ceiling act, the uptick in unemployment, and the plummeting markets.
Chances are, if each state was polled now, the numbers would be lower. His current Gallup three-day rolling average is 43 percent job approval.
“Currently, a majority of states show approval ratings below 50 percent, though whether Obama is victorious will also depend in part on who his GOP challenger is, whether a significant third-party candidate runs, and the degree to which the president’s supporters turn out to vote,” writes Jeffrey M. Jones of Gallup.