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Obama approval rating falls after jobs speech

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Philip Klein

Not only did President Obama fail to get a bounce from his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress, but his approval rating actually declined slightly following last Thursday's address, according to Gallup.

In the just released Gallup daily tracking poll, which now has three days of polling since the speech was delivered last Thursday (Sept. 9th through 11th), Obama's approval rating has fallen to 42 percent.

By contrast, in polling done before the speech between Sept. 5th through 7th, Obama was at 44 percent approval, and on Sept. 6th through 8th, he was at 43 percent.

So the best one could say is that the jobs speech left his ratings virtually unchanged.

If Obama has any hope of getting his jobs agenda through Congress, he'll have to do it by convincing Republicans that his policies are popular. But it's a lot harder to do that if his approval ratings are in the tank.

Today's Gallup number comes on the heels of a survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, which found Republican Bob Turner leading in the race to replace disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. According to PPP, "If Turner wins on Tuesday it will be largely due to the incredible unpopularity of Barack Obama dragging his party down in the district." And this is a district Obama carried with 55 percent of the vote in 2008.

Not exactly encouraging for the prospects of Obama's jobs plan, given that he promised last Thursday to promote it in "every corner of this country."

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