Amid rising gas prices, US President Barack Obama's approval rating has
plunged to 41 per cent in a new poll putting a question mark on his
re-election prospects in November, despite improving employment.
After several months in which signs of economic recovery appeared to give
Obama a boost, a New York Times/CBS News survey on Monday saw
Obama's rating plunging down nine per cent from the 50 per cent threshold
recorded just a month ago.
Forty-seven per cent of those asked disapproved of the job Obama was
However, Obama fared better against potential Republican presidential
candidates, beating the party's front runner former Massachusetts governor
Mitt Romney by 47 per cent to 44 per cent and former Republican senator
Rick Santorum by 48 per cent to 44 per cent.
Earlier, a Washington Post/ABC News poll also registered a drop in
Obama's approval rating, though the decrease was not quite so severe.
Only 46 per cent of those asked approved of the way Obama is handling his
job and 50 per cent disapproved as he took a hit from rising gas prices.
The situation was a reversal from early February when 50 per cent approved
of the president's performance and 46 per cent disapproved.
Two-thirds of those asked said they disapproved with the way Obama was
handling rising gas prices which now average nearly four dollars a gallon.
Just one month ago, Obama reached a critical benchmark by winning approval
from 50 per cent of Times/CBS News poll respondents, his
re-election prospects lifting along with confidence that the nation was
finally emerging from the aftermath of the Great Recession.