These things tend to ebb and flow, but it appears as if the health care debate (and probably the Gates incident) has really taken a toll on his popularity among independents and moderate Dems. Because those are the folks who usually keep his numbers closer to the mid 60s.

First, there’s Gallup which shows Obama at 52%…


The poll also finds that Obama’s overall job-approval rating has dropped to 53 percent. And it shows a public that has grown increasingly concerned about the federal government’s spending as the administration defends its $787 billion economic stimulus and supports a $1 trillion-plus health-care bill.

Last CBS/NY Times:

Mr. Obama’s job approval rating has dropped 10 points, to 58 percent, from a high point in April.

So why do I say “free fall?”

Well, the trend is obviously going down and there’s nothing to suggest that it’ll pick back up. And I can’t help but think it’ll continue to drop as the health care fight gets bloodier, which is inevitable at this point. Too much money involved and not enough correct info out there about what reform really means.

Essentially, Repubs are winning the health care battle right now and Obama’s popularity is getting hit for it, even with bi-partisan legislation on its way in both the House and the Senate.

More as it develops…

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