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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 06/25/2009

On Global Warming, Obama Cools Among Liberals

A majority approve of Obama's handling of global warming so far (54 percent), however, his approval on the issue has declined since the 100-day-mark of his presidency (61 percent said they approved in April).

In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, much of the drop comes among liberals: in April, 88 percent approved of his handling of the issue, that's down to 69 percent in the new poll. Disapproval has spiked from 2 percent to 19 percent, about one in 10 have no opinion.

On global warming, liberals remain broadly in favor of a cap and trade plan similar to the one set to come before the House ahead of the Fourth of July recess. Two-thirds (67 percent) favor such a plan. Support for the proposal among liberals actually increases somewhat to 76 percent if it promised significantly lower greenhouse gases in exchange for a $10 rise in monthly electric bills, but drops to 58 percent if the increase were $25.

Obama has taken hits in approval rating among liberals across several issues since the 100-day-mark, and the decline among liberals is often larger than the shift among all adults. But the 19-point drop-off on global warming is notably sharper than on most other issues. On average across seven issues and an overall approval measure, positive reviews of Obama's work among liberals have dropped 9 percentage points.

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling... (% approve, among liberals)

                              April   Now   Change
Global warming                88      69     -19
The situation with Iran       78      59     -19*
International affairs         93      82     -12
His job as president          94      87      -7
Health care                   81      75      -7
The federal budget deficit    77      70      -7
The economy                   81      79      -2
The situation involving the
 big U.S. automakers          57      57       0
*Obama's approval rating on handling the situation with Iran has dropped off by the same amount as global warming, however, the literal "situation with Iran" is quite different now than it was in April even though the wording of the question remained the same.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:51 PM ET, 06/25/2009

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