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Disapproval with President Obama reaches high levels in Virginia, California

by Adam Russett on September 15, 2011

It has been a week since President Barack Obama unveiled his jobs plan in a speech to a joint session of Congress, and although analysis painted the speech as a political win for the president, recent statistics seem to prove otherwise. In Virginia, a state which Obama won in the 2008 election, his disapproval rating has reached 54 percent, the Associated Press reports.

The figure comes from a Quinnipiac University Poll which unveiled some other less-than-favorable statistics for Obama. It also found that 51 percent of respondents said that he does not deserve to be re-elected and in hypothetical elections, both Texas governor Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are running about even with the president.

The results were not much better around the country. According to The Hill, a poll in California showed that his approval in the Democratic stronghold has dipped below 50 percent for the first time, just 44 percent of Californians approving of the job he's doing. Even among his own party, support had dropped 10 percent. It has dropped 12 percent among African American voters as well.

The declining support may be as a result of the $447 billion jobs bill that was laid out in his much-lauded speech. Some Democrats are turned off by the size of the bill as well as the fact that it singles out tax breaks for oil companies, according to The New York Times.

“I have said for months that I am not supporting a repeal of tax cuts for the oil industry unless there are other industries that contribute,” Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana told the Times.

Additionally, some Democratic senators have been opposed to the bill because of its similarity to the 2009 stimulus package, which a number voters have been unhappy with.

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