Business Owners: President Approval Drops –

President Barack Obama’s approval rating among U.S. business owners declined in the second quarter of 2012, according to poll data released by Gallup.

At an approval rating of 35%, the drop places business owners among farmers, fishers, and forestry workers in sharing the lowest approval ratings for President Obama. First-quarter approval ratings from U.S. business owners were at 41%, which makes it the largest drop of all occupational groups polled.

Comparatively, Obama fares better among professionals and service workers than likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to previous poll results. Professional workers – which include lawyers, doctors, scientists, teachers, engineers, nurses, and accountants – have held steady at 52% for the highest approval rating in both quarters.

Implications from the drop may suggest that Obama is losing ground among business owners. Obama’s overall average approval rating was 47% for the second quarter, a slight increase from 45% approval in the first quarter.

Gallup daily tracking results were based on phone interviews conducted with a random sample of 25,464 U.S. working adults from April 1 – June 30, 2012.

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