Obama Approval Goes Underwater in Democratic New York

Aug 12, 2011 2:02pm

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:   More voters in the heavily Democratic state of New York now disapprove of President Obama than approve of him – the first time he has ever received a negative rating – according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The 49 to 45 percent split reflects growing popular angst over the country’s economic woes and frustration with Obama’s response, even in one of his electoral strongholds.  In June, New Yorkers approved of the president by a 57 to 38 percent split. 

Overall, New Yorkers split fairly evenly on whether Obama deserves re-election. His strongest support is concentrated in New York City and among union households, while majorities of upstate and suburban voters strongly say Obama does not deserve a second term.

“The debt ceiling hullaballoo devastated President Barak Obama’s numbers even in true blue New York,” Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll said in a statement with the poll. 

The results, which have a margin of error of +/- 2.4 points, do not, however, suggest Obama faces a serious challenge in the Empire State, or risks losing its 29 electoral votes. 

When asked whether they’d support Obama or a generic Republican in a hypothetical match-up, voters opted for Obama by a 49-34 percent margin.  

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