It has been a tough week for President Obama. After averting a government shutdown, new polling shows that his approval ratings among blacks have slipped to an all-time low since his inauguration. Only 85 percent of blacks now approve of the work he is doing, a drop of 7 percent from March. While this number is still extremely high, Obama has averaged ratings of more than 90 percent from blacks since he took office in 2009.
This drop isn’t just among blacks, either. His approval rating has also dropped among Hispanics. Obama’s approval rating among the largest minority group in America is now at only 54 percent, tying a low he hasn’t seen since August 2010.
Gallup isn’t clear on what is causing the numbers to fall among blacks, but with Obama’s recent speech at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, rest assured that he has also seen those numbers.
With his 2012 re-election campaign just kicking into gear, President Obama will once again have to motivate these vital supporters if he hopes to remain in the White House.
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