Iowa used to heart Barry. Now the majority of Iowans aren’t feeling the love.
Fewer than half of Iowans approve of President Barack Obama’s performance in office a year after he carried the state in the 2008 election, according to The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll.
Obama’s overall job approval slipped to 49 percent from 53percent in September. Iowans’ approval is down 19 percentage points since an Iowa Poll in January, about the time he was inaugurated.
A majority of Iowans now say the Democrat’s performance in key economic areas is inadequate, including health care, his top domestic priority.
Their satisfaction with Obama’s conduct of wars abroad has dropped most sharply, as he weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, the war he promised during the campaign to make a priority.
More troubling for Barry & Co. should be his declining support among Democrats and Independents.
The overwhelming majority of Iowa Democrats, 82 percent, approve of the job Obama is doing. Yet their support has dropped 8 percentage points, and that has driven Obama’s overall decline.
In September, 90 percent of Iowa Democrats said they approved of the president’s performance.
Iowa independents, who fueled Obama’s leadoff caucus victory and his general election victory here, grew more disapproving this fall. Approval stalled at fewer than half of independents, while disapproval grew to 46 percent.
Iowa is where it all began for Obama. Could it eventually turn out to be where it ends?