Business Owners And Farmers Have Lowest Opinion Of Obama
A new Gallup poll shows that business owners and farmers are the two professions that have the lowest opinion of the President:
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.
Here’s how the numbers shape up across professions from the first Quarter to the second:
It’s hard to say exactly what the implications of these numbers might be for the election, however, at least as far as business owners are concerned, the President is slipping on the job and, arguments regarding context and intending notwithstanding, the uproar over the “you didn’t build that” comment two weeks ago is likely to only diminish his standing among that particular group further.