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Poll: Obama, GOP disapproval ratings hit record highs

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, August 25, 2011 16:49 EDT
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New polling data from the Pew Research Center shows that President Barack Obama’s disapproval rating has reached a record high of 49 percent, up 7 percent since Feb.

The Republican Party, meanwhile, is doing even worse: data shows their disapproval rating up to 59 percent, an increase of 11 percent since Pew’s last poll.

Overall, 79 percent of poll respondents said they are dissatisfied with the state of the nation, and 86 percent said they were angry with the government. Just 11 percent said they were “basically content.”

The Democratic Party remains the most popular national political group, but their fortunes have sunk as well, going from 46 percent unfavorable to 50 percent unfavorable between Feb. and August.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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