A newly released ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that President Obama’s approval ratings on dealing with the economy and deficits are now the lowest of his entire presidency. By a margin of 19 points (59 to 40 percent), Americans now disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy. His numbers are ever worse among those who feel “strongly” — 49 percent “strongly” disapprove of his handling of the economy, while only 20 percent “strongly” approve of it.
By an even larger margin — 28 points (61 to 33 percent) — Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of federal deficits. Among those who feel “strongly,” the margin is better than 3 to 1 – 49 percent “strongly” disapprove of Obama’s handling of deficit spending, while only 16 percent “strongly” approve of it.
ABC News/Washington Post has registered Obama’s approval ratings on these questions more than 20 times over the course of his presidency. On both the economy and deficit spending, and both overall and among those who feel strongly, Obama’s approval ratings have never before been this bad. Not so coincidentally, the poll shows that he now faces a 21-point deficit between those who “definitely will not” vote for him (45 percent) and those who “definitely will” vote for him” (21 percent) — his worst margin to date.