Oh, my: Obama’s approval rating drops eight points in one month

posted at 9:21 am on June 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The ongoing Benghazi investigation, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the DOJ collecting journalists’ phone records, the NSA surveillance revelations, the continuously bumpy ObamaCare rollout, and etcetera — it’s tough to pinpoint the precise effect any one debacle is having on the president’s approval rating, but it looks like the collective effect of the snowballing scandals and bureaucratic failures is definitely starting to manifest itself. A new national CNN/ORC poll pegs Obama’s approval rating at just 45 percent — the lowest he’s scored in over a year and a half and a drop of eight percentage points over just the past month.

The president’s approval rating stands at 45%, down from 53% in mid-May. And 54% say they disapprove of how Obama’s handling his job, up nine points from last month. It’s the first time in CNN polling since November 2011 that a majority of Americans have had a negative view of the president.

“The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. …

“It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well,” adds Holland.

Six in 10 disapprove of how Obama is handling government surveillance of U.S. citizens, which is higher than the 52% who disapproved of George W. Bush on the same issue in 2006, when government surveillance was also in the headlines. …

The number of Americans who think he is honest has dropped nine points over the past month, to 49%.

The fact that the president’s approval ratings on the regular issues of the economy, the deficit, and immigration dropped a few points or so each would seem to confirm that Scandalmania is a huge part of what’s doing it, and the big news is the major drop among the reliably largely pro-Obama youth contingent. Combine that with the 61 percent of Americans who disapprove of the the government’s surveillance and the serious downgrade in trust, and it sounds like the NSA story especially is not helping him maintain his favor among the Millennials — time for another look at the GOP going more libertarian?

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Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!!!

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Can you imagine how low O’s approval numbers would be in the GOP actually had an organized opposition to him?

Other than Issa, they have been either complicit (Rubio) or silent (the rest) on these scandals.

PattyJ on June 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

And Issa’s actual record of prosecutions in the face of massive illegal activity is….?

Don L on June 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!!!

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Someone living up to his name…

Right_Mike on June 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Resist We Much on June 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Plus, Gitmo…

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Just re-elected… yet, he still campaigns.

Why the zeal to keep running that scam, unless he’s doing what he set out to, create a one party state. I’m really beginning to doubt he even plans to retire after 2016. Like Putin, he’ll step down into another position, but put a puppet he can control in his place. The IRS debacle, along with the other agencies shows just how vile his Holiness is.

Those news columns where the MSM urged him to use the re-election to forever destroy the political opposition seems to be his game plan. The MSM staggered by all the scandals, is again reverting to Obama worship. After the IRS, we can never trust that NSA files AREN’T being collected to smear and destroy any potential GOP candidates.

The left, and rino’s call that tinfoil hat land..

But wouldn’t they have said the same about the IRS targeting TEA Party’s and Churches?… before it all broke. That picture of Obama grinning and smiling like a mouth breathing fanboy when he met Chavez still haunts me..

He meet’s Bibi… scowls.. the British PM, frowns.. any US ally leader and he acts as if he’s at a funeral.. But the communist thug Chavez, he acts like he just met an old college chum after 20 years..

The old cold warrior in me, the hair is standing up on the back of my neck, he’s not done yet, and his continuous campaigning makes it obvious he’s up to something beyond mere fund raising. He’s still putting his pawns in place,.. still trying to play us.

now, nothing surprises.. not after all his outrages..

mark81150 on June 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Don’t forget about the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. Even the low information voter and relate to that. Cover of People magazine last week? Three women who lost limbs.

monalisa on June 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

the Hussein’s reality remains that all he knows is campaigning, he still can’t comprehend that he was elected to govern.

He ran for re-election promising that higher taxes on the evil rich repubs would give him the needed funds to continue his out of control spending and that his mantra of fairness would finally resolve the class war fare he believes in, both punishing the rich who broke the rules to gain wealth and eliminate the rules that keep the deserving poor for earning their share of wealth

Hopey/change hasn’t worked for 4 plus years and the Hussein is totally clueless on how to keep the losers and parasites appeased and believing he can walk on water

tuttle from tacoma on June 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Meh. I’m over obsessing over Obama’s poll numbers.

About 11-12% of the people who now disapprove of Obama’s job performance voted for him last November. Give those people what they voted for: give it them hard with no Vaseline.

As for Obama, this poll is really going to hurt him in the 2016 general election.

The media will make certain no long-term damage is done to the Democratic Party brand, and barring something even worse than the scandals that have emerged there will be no impeachment of Obama.

Let’s concentrate on finding fiscal conservatives who can successfully advocate for limited government and Constitutional rule in the face of a hostile media.

MidniteRambler on June 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Hear that popping sound? It’s the ignorant low-info voters FINALLY pulling their heads out of their butts !

TeaPartyNation on June 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

No prosecutions yet, Don, but plenty of bad PR for teh One. It’s a start.

PattyJ on June 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Too bad that unlike in Great Britain we just can’t have vote of no confidence and then schedule new elections. We are stuck with this moron until January 20, 2016.

SC.Charlie on June 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Perhaps I was the only one that learned the horrible lesson of 2012:
Approval polling results means NOTHING!

Not appreciating the job currently be done does not mean that the majority of recent shifters would rather have someone else doing the job.

Carnac on June 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM