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Posted August 11, 2011
New poll shows Obama losing ground in Iowa

President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

Fewer than half of Iowan approve of President Obama’s job performance, according to a poll by a Republican polling firm that also found 46 percent of Iowans feel strongly he is not doing a good job.

The Tarrance Group poll for American Action Network, a 501(c)(4) “action tank” that promotes “center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government, American exceptionalism, and strong national security,” found that just 43 percent of the voters in Iowa think the Obama is doing a good job in office, while a majority – 52 percent — disapprove of his performance.

The poll is likely to add ammunition to attacks on the Obama administration by 2012 Republican hopefuls participating in a Fox News debate tonight in Ames.

“The voters of Iowa have deep concerns about the president’s leadership and the direction he has taken the nation,” said Brian Walsh, president of American Action Network. “Just three years after Iowa supported President Obama, a majority of voters disapprove of his performance and this data raises questions about whether the president can win in Iowa next year.”

In the poll telephone survey of 500 likely Iowa voters as well as an oversample of 200 seniors, Tarrance found that Obama scores even worse among independents. Only 32 percent of “no party” voters approve of Obama’s performance in office and 61 percent disapprove. Among these voters, 51 percent disapprove strongly.

Even among seniors, who tend to be Democrats themselves, Obama’s job approval stands at 48 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove.

This is a devastating figure in what has been termed “ground zero” for the Obama campaign effort in 2008, according to Tarrance. Seniors are critical in Iowa campaigns.

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