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US-Obama Approval: 44% Approve, 44% Disapprove (Pew 11/4-7)

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Pew Research Center
11/4-7/10; 1,255 adults, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Pew release


State of the Country
23% Satisfied, 69% Dissatisfied (chart)

Obama Job Approval
44% Approve, 44% Disapprove (chart)

2012 President: Republican Primary
15% Palin, 15% Huckabee, 13% Romney, 9% Paul, 6% Gingrich, 4% Pawlenty, 3% Barbour, 2% Santorum

Party ID
30% Democrat, 26% Republican, 37% independent (chart)


The public, voters and non-voters alike, has a subdued reaction to the Republican Party's midterm election victory. Four years ago, the response to the Democrats regaining full control of Congress was far more positive, as it was in 1994 when the GOP won a historic victory. Fewer people today say they are happy about the Republican victory, approve of the GOP's plans for the future, and far fewer believe Republicans will be successful in getting their programs passed into law.

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332 206
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Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
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Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
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Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
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