By party, Democrats' support falls off the most
By a six-point margin, more Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president's 40% approval rating on the oil spill trails his overall job approval rating by seven points.
The findings are from Gallup Daily tracking conducted June 5-6, 2010. Obama's overall job approval rating in the Gallup Daily three-day rolling average ending June 6 was 47%, matching the Gallup Daily weekly aggregate for May 31-June 6. While the 47% weekly average for Obama technically marks the second-lowest average of his administration, it is similar to his weekly ratings since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20.
Although Democrats are in both cases the most approving and Republicans the least approving, Democrats' approval on the oil spill falls off the most: 13 percentage points, compared with 8 points among independents. In contrast, Republicans are 4 percentage points more positive about Obama's handling of the oil spill than about his overall job performance -- though both of their ratings are very low. (Continues here at Gallup)