Americans are more than twice as likely to say they strongly disapprove (39%) of President Obama's job performance as they are to say they strongly approve (17%), according to the latest poll results released Thursday by Gallup. Strong disapproval of the president's job performance has been within the 30 to 39 percent margin four times Gallup has asked the question. At the same time, strong approval has fallen nine points in the last three years and 15 points since January 2009. Gallup says Republicans are even more likely to say they strongly disapprove of the president now than in 2010, a year when a tide of anti Obama sentiments led to major Democrat losses in both the House and Senate and allowed the Republicans to retake control of the House. Additionally whereas Democrats were nearly three times as likely to strongly approve as moderately approve of Obama in 2009, the ratio is now about 1 to 1. Gallup also says the intensity of opinions about the president could affect both the upcoming midterm elections and the presidential election of 2016.
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