The survey, based on a three-day rolling average, also found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s job handling, a new high.
Battered by several weeks of bad economic news and a bruising debate over the debt ceiling, Obama sets out on an official bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois later today aimed at selling his plan for economic growth, reclaiming the media spotlight that has been dominated by Republicans and building support among Midwest voters.
Recent state-by-state polling by Gallup found that Obama’s approval ratings in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are currently above the national average.
In Minnesota, 52 percent of voters approve of Obama’s job handling, while 49 percent approved in Iowa and 54 percent in Illinois, Gallup found. The national average for the first half of 2011 was 47 percent.