The survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found his job approval/disapproval rating basically a wash -- 45% gave him good marks, 43% gave him negative ones. (The poll's margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2 percentage points.)
His standing is down from the ratings he received in a March poll, when 52% expressed approval and 35% disapproval. The new figures also represent the first time his approval rating has dropped below 50% in 14 years of polling by the institute and, overall, his lowest score ever, said the survey's director, Douglas Schwartz.
Given the scheduling motif Barack Obama's presidential campaign has adopted, the candidate can soon be expected to deliver a speech decrying U.S. dependence on foreign oil in . . . Energy, Ill.
That would be followed with an elaboration on his economic policy in Bonanza, Colo.
Then he'll want to discuss national security matters in Protection, Kan. And as the time for his vice presidential pick nears, we'll be watching to see whether he tips his hand with a stop on Richardson Bay, Calif. (or, for that matter, in Clinton, Iowa; Webb, N.Y.; or Nunn, Colo.).