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U.S. Business Owners Now Among Least Approving of Obama
Professional workers are the most approving
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. business owners' approval of President
Barack Obama fell in the second quarter of 2012 to 35%, essentially
tying farmers and fishers for the lowest approval among major
occupational groups. Overall, professional workers remain the most
approving, at 52%.
The findings are based on 25,464 interviews conducted with working
U.S. adults in Gallup Daily tracking during the second quarter of 2012.
Gallup asks employed adults to describe the work they do and then codes
each respondent into one of 11 job categories.
Obama's job approval ratings by occupational group clearly relate to election preferences. Gallup previously found
that Obama does best compared with likely Republican presidential
nominee Mitt Romney among voters who are professionals and service
workers. Romney does best among voters who work in farming and fishing
or construction, or are business owners.
In the overall average for the second quarter of 2012, 47% of working
Americans approved of the job Obama is doing as president, and 47%
disapproved. This is slightly improved from 45% approval and 48%
disapproval in the first quarter.
Across occupational groups, installation and repair workers, as well
as clerical and office workers, became significantly more approving of
Obama in the second quarter. Business owners were the sole group that
became significantly less approving, with their second-quarter approval
of 35% reflecting a decline from 41% in the first quarter.
While there are too few respondents in some occupational groups to
report their approval ratings by month, the internal data suggest the
decline in business owners' approval of Obama came for the most part
between March and April, with approval holding at a lower rate since
then. The data precede Obama's much-discussed July 13 comments that
small-business owners have had help from others to achieve success. Thus
it is not yet clear whether those comments have led to further
deterioration in Obama's standing among small-business owners.
With approval of President Obama trending somewhat higher,
but remaining below the historical threshold for re-election, approval
among different groups provides a lens of his strengths and weaknesses.
While Obama has been able to maintain or increase his approval rating
among most occupational groups so far this election year, he has lost
ground among business owners.
Although business owners represent just a small subset of the U.S.
population, they are of course a critical component of the economy and
overall economic optimism in the country. If business owners become more
positive about Obama and his plans for the economy, that could potentially boost his approval ratings and broader U.S. economic confidence closer to the levels necessary
for him to be well positioned for re-election. Conversely, further
deterioration in his approval rating among business owners could
certainly add to the perception that Obama is not doing enough to
bolster small businesses in the country.
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