Fully four in 10 Jews now disapprove of the way President Obama is doing his job — up significantly from late spring — according to the latest numbers from the Gallup tracking poll.
Overall, Obama continues to score considerably higher among Jews than he does overall — he is at 55 percent approval and 40 percent among those surveyed by Gallup from the beginning of August through Sept. 14 — but the negative trend also matches that among other groups.
The latest Gallup daily has Obama at 39 percent approval nationally, with 53 percent disapproving.
In May, 68 percent of Jews said they approved of Obama’s performance in office, that slipped to 60 percent in June and is now under that level for the first time this year. Disapproval has gone from 26 percent in May to 32 percent in June to the new 40 percent level.
Disapproval of Obama is up, but it’s been at similar levels before. In July and November 2010, disapproval of the president among Jews hit 41 and 40 percent, respectively.
In the 2008 election, Obama won 78 percent of Jewish voters according to the exit poll, on par with the tallies for Democratic candidates back to Bill Clinton’s first win in 1992.