WaPo/ABC poll puts Obama approval below 50%

posted at 8:01 am on July 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The big takeaway from the new Washington Post/ABC poll isn’t really that Barack Obama’s approval rating has slumped to below majority level for the first time since September of last year.  The RCP poll watch shows that the WaPo/ABC series is a little late in reaching that conclusion; not one of the other major pollsters they track has had Obama at 50% or higher since CNN’s mid-May poll.  Even that was an outlier at the time, and it was taken before the IRS scandal exploded.  RCP’s average for Obama approval without this latest entry is 45.6% to 49.2% disapproval, and Reuters had it as low as 43/49 a week ago.

No, the real takeaway is that approval for Congress spiked upward five points — to a whopping 21%:

Challenges across the policy spectrum are keeping Barack Obama in political peril, with the public divided on initiatives ranging from Senate-supported immigration reform to Obama’s signature health care law.

As he readies a new pitch on economic growth, the president’s job approval rating has slipped below 50 percent for the first time since September in ABC News/Washington Post polls. Even with a recovery in consumer sentiment, just 45 percent approve specifically of his handling of the economy, and 60 percent say the country’s headed seriously off on the wrong track.

Congress, for its part, manages just a 21 percent approval rating – up by 5 points since March to more than a two-year high, but still dismal by any measure. And whatever Obama’s challenges, this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that Republicans are hardly rejoicing: They’re far more critical of their own party’s leadership than are Democrats of theirs, with 52 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents – a new high by a substantial margin – saying the GOP’s going astray.

Oddly, the poll only asked for Obama’s performance on two issues — the economy and immigration — but the President doesn’t do well on either.  On the economy, Obama is underwater at 45/49 just as he goes on a talking tour about the subject … without any policies to push.  That’s down from 48/48 two months ago, and 50/47 at the beginning of the year.  He gets a weak split on immigration, 43/44, down from 46/41 in May and 49/43 in February.

Speaking of which, the country isn’t terribly impressed with his preferred comprehensive immigration reform from the Senate.  That only gets a 46/44 support, while taking the piece-by-piece approach in the House wins by more than 20 points at 53/32.  Even Hispanic voters split relatively evenly on the latter option, according to the analysis from pollster Langer Research. John Boehner won’t run many electoral risks by going one step at a time.  Perhaps this might explain the relative bounty of approval that Congress reaped from respondents in this survey?

Finally, ObamaCare still proves to be unpopular as its due date approaches.  It’s nearly back to its all-time low in this series at 42% approval (39% in 2009 was the low-water mark for WaPo/ABC), and 49% opposing.  Only 58% of Democrats back ObamaCare, a surprising result for their party’s signature legislation and an indication of just how much of an albatross it will be in 2014.  A narrow plurality — really a virtual split — of respondents say the delay in the employer mandate means the entire bill should be tossed, 48/46.  Just think how popular it will be when American taxpayers have to start dealing with the IRS on the issue in January.


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It’s a wonder to me it’s anything above 30%.

petefrt on July 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

In a sane word, he would’ve never be re-elected in the first place!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Oh, btw…BISHOP!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Lemme Guess:
Let’s see – 42%?

TimBuk3 on July 23, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Unbelievable that anyone that actually works for a living could support this azzhat.

of course, that leaves a lot of room for approval. Government workers, welfare brood mares, social security (even though they’ve stolen huge % of their income by printing easy money), union thugs and comminists probably consist of well over 50% of the population.

acyl72 on July 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Only 58% of Democrats back ObamaCare, a surprising result for their party’s signature legislation and an indication of just how much of an albatross it will be in 2014.

The unions found out what really was in it.

Bitter Clinger on July 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

This is totally UNACCEPTABLE:

Obamacare’s Branch of the NSA: Community organizers will use a Federal Data Hub to sign up people for subsidies — and even ballots. By John Fund via NRO

It’s as if they’re using Obamacare to fund another ACORN within the IRS.

petefrt on July 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Solid B+

Oil Can on July 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM

ABC/WaPo a little late to the game? Ya think? Pretty much like the current administration….let’s just keep putting off the bad news. If they are coming up with these numbers, imagine what REAL pollsters will show the next time.

Good morning, kids….a beautiful sunny day in Chicago!

herm2416 on July 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM

herm2416 on July 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Supposed to be upper 90′s in the shade here. Too hot.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

It’s a wonder to me it’s anything above 30%.

petefrt on July 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Not really. As we’ve recounted many times, his base of support will always hover around at least 40% no matter how bad he does. You take the 12% of the electorate that consists of black voters. The worst he’ll ever do with them is 80% support. Then he gets over 50% support from Latinos who make up a similar portion of the electorate. Add in libtards, yutes, and single women(and obviously account for the overlap in all of those groups) and there’s no way he’ll ever approach 30%.

Doughboy on July 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM

So?

Cleombrotus on July 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM

These numbers can’t be right. Everyone I know loves Obama!

– typical liberal

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Government workers, welfare brood mares, social security (even though they’ve stolen huge % of their income by printing easy money), union thugs and comminists probably consist of well over 50% of the population.

acyl72 on July 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

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Really? You’re so stupid you lump Social Security recipients into your pejorative list? Social Security recipients paid into the system, pancake! You are just what we need around here – more stupid!

ExpressoBold on July 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Doughboy on July 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Yeah, I know. Ugly, isn’t it.

petefrt on July 23, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Today: Challenges across the spectrum …

Eight years ago: Well, this guy Bush just sucks at everything and he’s stupid.

I’ll say one thing. If you have the “full spectrum” of the liberal media carrying your water for you one day and sitting on your lap licking your wrist the next and you still can’t keep your numbers above 50, you must just suck at everything and be really stupid.

Also, took a while to admit he was below 50. With a good chunk of America still believing that Obamacare is going to save healthcare, why didn’t they just say above 40 is still a majority of support. They’d accept it without question. Then when he gets below 40 they can say 30 is.

smoothsailing on July 23, 2013 at 8:18 AM

We are upon crunch time with this monstosity, more and more low info voters are figuring out the true costs- WHY are there not more Democratic congress people being pressured by their districts to vote to repeal?! There have got to be some that are looking at this being a major problem in 2014.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Just think what it would be if the 3 letter networks’ evening news hadn’t become Entertainment Lite over the past 5 years…

hillsoftx on July 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM

We are upon crunch time with this monstosity, more and more low info voters are figuring out the true costs- WHY are there not more Democratic congress people being pressured by their districts to vote to repeal?! There have got to be some that are looking at this being a major problem in 2014.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Because low info voters don’t know that you can challenge the all-powerful gubmint. What’s dis “repeal” thing you talkin’ ’bout? You mean we don’t have to do sit by and eat this sandwich?

freedomfirst on July 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Not really. As we’ve recounted many times, his base of support will always hover around at least 40% no matter how bad he does. You take the 12% of the electorate that consists of black voters. The worst he’ll ever do with them is 80% support. Then he gets over 50% support from Latinos who make up a similar portion of the electorate. Add in libtards, yutes, and single women(and obviously account for the overlap in all of those groups) and there’s no way he’ll ever approach 30%.

Doughboy on July 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM

I agree. We’ll all be in tatters, standing in the Gov’t cheese line, hacking our lungs out from some recent chemical attack, and all the “non-racist’s” will still be snarling about Bush.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

What’s amusing is the constituents who should loathe his performance the most (where one in two is unemployed), 18-25 year old black males, would probably fist-bump him.

Marcus on July 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

It’s a wonder to me it’s anything above 30%.

petefrt on July 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

…anything above 10%…comes from sheer stupidity!

KOOLAID2 on July 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

“WaPo/ABC poll puts Obama approval below 50%”

Big whoop, Comrade Obama is crying all the way to his lobster tail and arugula dinner celebrating the bankruptcy of Detroit, with plans to extend it permanently to the rest of the country.

ebrown2 on July 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

In a sane word, he would’ve never be re-elected in the first place!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

The world doesn’t have to be sane when you steal the election. And let’s be clear here. The filthy rat-eared mullato did not honestly win a second term. It was a combination of smear tactics and outright fraud. I personally saw examples of it at my polling place in a swing state. Illegals lined up to vote in an election they had no right voting in.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Get back to me when there are torches and pitchforks on the South Lawn. Otherwise, it’s irrelevant.

Cleombrotus on July 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

This is totally UNACCEPTABLE:

Obamacare’s Branch of the NSA: Community organizers will use a Federal Data Hub to sign up people for subsidies — and even ballots. By John Fund via NRO

It’s as if they’re using Obamacare to fund another ACORN within the IRS.

petefrt on July 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Bingo! Cloward-Piven much?

bofh on July 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Even if polls had any real value, Obama and Congress will still do what they want no matter how much the people oppose their intentions. We’re no longer a government of, by, and for the people. We’re now a government of one political party.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM

This is meaningful – he can’t help Democrats in 2014.

22044 on July 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

He could be at 10%……would not change a thing,
he and the Media will act like he’s at 80%…

ToddPA on July 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

What’s amusing is the constituents who should loathe his performance the most (where one in two is unemployed), 18-25 year old black males, would probably fist-bump him.

Marcus on July 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

You’re making the assumption that 18-25 year old males want to work in the first place. I don’t usually watch Bill O’Reilly but happened to see his “Talking Points” last night where he broke down the race problem which he tied directly back to the destruction of the black family structure. One of his statistics was that 73% of all blacks these days are born out of wedlock. Another pointed out that young black males are statistically more likely to be involved in violent crime by a percentage higher than whites and Hispanics combined.

I can’t disagree with the assessment. Put simply, the black racists always make the claim that you have to be black to understand the “black experience.” More and more it is becoming clear that blacks have created a culture that is anti-social in that it only destroys and doesn’t build for future generation. Bastard children having bastard children. A culture of violence. Dependency over self-reliance. And racial leadership epitomized by Jesse Jackpot, Louis Farakan, and Al Sharpton instead of MLK or other voices of tolerance.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 8:41 AM

What’s amusing is the constituents who should loathe his performance the most (where one in two is unemployed), 18-25 year old black males, would probably fist-bump him.

Marcus on July 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

In a related way, the Obysmal peeps shape their attitudes via pop culture though. This morning, AOL/Huff Po feature a “story” that Kayne West and JayZ are leading the ignorant to “boycott” Florida…as Justice for Trayvon.

onlineanalyst on July 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Gang membership has displaced family affiliation for young males in areas destroyed by social welfare.

onlineanalyst on July 23, 2013 at 8:47 AM

In a related way, the Obysmal peeps shape their attitudes via pop culture though. This morning, AOL/Huff Po feature a “story” that Kayne West and JayZ are leading the ignorant to “boycott” Florida…as Justice for Trayvon.

onlineanalyst on July 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Like people are going to change their vacation plans to Florida ‘for Trayvon’. Pffft!

No rapper is going to cancel any scheduled concerts there, either.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Like people are going to change their vacation plans to Florida ‘for Trayvon’. Pffft!

No rapper is going to cancel any scheduled concerts there, either.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I wonder if these entertainers, (snort) realize that Miami Beach, where they all own homes, is actually IN Florida.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

If Obama weren’t black, he’d be hovering around 30.

But then, again, if he weren’t black, he wouldn’t have been reelected.

BuckeyeSam on July 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Government workers, welfare brood mares, social security (even though they’ve stolen huge % of their income by printing easy money), union thugs and comminists probably consist of well over 50% of the population.

acyl72 on July 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

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Really? You’re so stupid you lump Social Security recipients into your pejorative list? Social Security recipients paid into the system, pancake! You are just what we need around here – more stupid!

ExpressoBold on July 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Do some research on his percentage of elderly vote before you go off like chrissy matthews or ed shultz.

I didn’t say anything about whether they deserved the social security. I said they were too ignorant to not support the clown. He carried this group by 5%+ in most areas.

acyl72 on July 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

. A culture of violence. Dependency over self-reliance. And racial leadership epitomized by Jesse Jackpot, Louis Farakan, and Al Sharpton instead of MLK or other voices of tolerance.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Imagine when that 73% demographic meets up with a culture that is increasingly feminized and indulgent and you don’t have a pretty picture.

Cleombrotus on July 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I wonder if these entertainers, (snort) realize that Miami Beach, where they all own homes, is actually IN Florida.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

As a junior NCO in a squad I was always put on the spot by people offended by the language and lyrics in rap music played by more junior members in our platoon. It wasn’t something you would ever be able to handle at a squad level. When you took the complaints forward to our platoon sergeant or platoon leader, only non-black soldiers were ever addressed about it. You could tell a white soldier to turn it off.

smoothsailing on July 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM

It’s obvious that Boehner needs to capitalize on this by caving to something. Quick, Harry Reid, send something to the House so Boehner can oppose it, then cave, so he can become popular.

It’s worked well so far, hasn’t it?

Wino on July 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

How many of those polled could name their three Federal level congressmen? Or just one in any neighboring state? Or either of the bicameral majority leaders?

Yeah, not a fan of Congress, but unless you can answer the first and part of the second or third, you shouldn’t get polled. We are validating insights of ignorant people and then say the poll reflects national opinion which reinforces a narrative. If you say, “Congress sucks,” know who and what you’re talking about.

As it stands, these polls tell us less about the politicians and more about the polled. Perhaps pollsters should start including some pre-poll screening results to provide some “context” to the results.

A more valid question (if we’re going to gauge a flawed but more realistic sentiment) would not be, “Do you approve of Congress?” but rather, “Do you approve of YOUR Congressmen?” Then watch Congressional approval ratings skyrocket.

AnonymousDrivel on July 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Do some research on his percentage of elderly vote before you go off like chrissy matthews or ed shultz.

I didn’t say anything about whether they deserved the social security. I said they were too ignorant to not support the clown. He carried this group by 5%+ in most areas.

acyl72 on July 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Unbelievable that anyone that actually works for a living could support this azzhat.

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acyl72 on July 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

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That’s what you said… anytime you want to provide a link from your extensive and exhaustive research to prove your assertions, do so. Otherwise, you’re just throwing around unwarranted judgments and calling names, trying to appear intelligent.

ExpressoBold on July 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

smoothsailing on July 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM

There is something wrong with the chain-of-command when a platoon leader has to get involved with something like the music being played. But I also know exactly what you are talking about. I was in a command with a race problem (being fomented and stoked by one individual in particular). But instead of being honest about the situation, the chain-of-command decided to ignore incident after incident that should have been addressed.

It ultimately blew up to the point where it could no longer be ignored. But the damage was already done to the point that it would take years to regain the kind of trust and esprit de corps that was destroyed by gutless leadership afraid of confronting the problem from the beginning.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Oddly, the poll only asked for Obama’s performance on two issues — the economy and immigration — but the President doesn’t do well on either.

Oddly? Don’t forget, those folks are King Barry’s handmaidens. They’ll do anything to make him look good. Even posing questions about what they perceive as his strong areas of approval.

GarandFan on July 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Oddly? Don’t forget, those folks are King Barry’s handmaidens. They’ll do anything to make him look good. Even posing questions about what they perceive as his strong areas of approval.

GarandFan on July 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Yeah, funny how gun grabbing was such a critical thing for the administration back when they could make political hay out of twenty tiny coffins and a bunch of despicable parents willing to inject politics into their loss. Then when Manchin-Toomey couldn’t even get Senate approval, suddenly you don’t hear much about “gun control” outside Bloomberg’s group that honors terrorists and mass murderers as victims of gun violence.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Drudge:

SHOCK POLL: SLIDE TO 41%…

Slips 10% in CA…

President begs Hollywood celebrities to help pitch…

PRISON BREAK: Al Qaeda claims Iraq prison raids, says 500 inmates freed…

STUDY: Al Qaeda growing…

Obama: ‘I’ve Got a Little Over 1,200 Days Left in Office’

All who brung this disaster upon the land and the world, then kept him, I hope he destroys you and yours. YOU deserve NO less, you idiots.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

‘Toons of the Day: Idiocracy

Resist We Much on July 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Thank you Sophie. Your hard work is much appreciated, always.

That Ramirez nails him good, unfailingly.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

WaPo/ABC poll puts Obama approval below 50%

Mandate lost.

Shucks.

BobMbx on July 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM