NBC/WSJ poll finds 54% have no confidence in Obama’s leadership

posted at 8:41 am on June 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The sixth-year blues have caught up to Barack Obama … with a vengeance. In an NBC/WSJ poll taken before the meltdown in Iraq, Obama gets his lowest marks ever on foreign policy, where his claim to “smart power” has evidently reached its expiration date. But the real danger to Obama and to Democrats vying for office in less than five months is the vote of no confidence in Obama’s leadership:

The percentage of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as he faces multiple overseas challenges, including in Iraq,according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country. …

Just 37 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy, which is an all-time low in the survey, while 57 percent disapprove, an all-time high.

What’s more, by a 44 percent-to-30 percent margin, Americans disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to secure the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five imprisoned Taliban fighters.

Obama’s job approval comes in at 41/53, the second-worst in the NBC/WSJ series (March 2014′s 41/54 is the nadir). The 37/57 on foreign policy is a record low for Obama, and the economy is nearly at a historical low at 41/54. But it’s the leadership issues that will make headlines today. In terms of competency, Obama now ranks below Bush at the analogous point in time of his predecessor’s presidency. Post-Katrina Bush had a 53/46 rating for competency, while it’s an even split at 50/50 for Obama. Thirty-one percent say Obama isn’t competent at all, compared to 24% for Bush in the same time frame, and that’s a ten-point increase for Obama from last June.

That last metric isn’t an anomaly. Only 15% believe that Obama’s performance has improved over the past year, while 41% think it has gotten worse. The top areas in which those respondents believe Obama has gotten worse are ObamaCare, foreign policy — and the Taliban 5 swap for Bowe Bergdahl, with the economy and Obama’s dishonesty rounding out the top five. Small wonder, then, that only 42% of respondents think Obama can still lead this nation, while 54% reject Obama’s leadership.

As Chuck Todd tells Morning Joe, “This is the public saying your presidency is over”:

I’d disagree with Chuck on what this means for Democrats, though. While it’s true that the Congressional polling isn’t a disaster for Democrats, voters will be looking for ways to fill the leadership vacuum and deal with the perceived incompetence and dishonesty at the White House — and they won’t be choosing Democrats for that mission.


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rogerb on June 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Lolz! That has to be moved to the next page. ; )

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And so it shall be done. ; )

Imagine that for a bit. Imagine being consumed by your academic fetish but being constantly shown as wrong on almost every topic you introduce here outside of a laughably self-limited sort of “the influence of women professors in gay black history and how it influences future gay history of blacks and women” sphere of knowledge.

Now imagine knowing that the non-bubble folks you choose to congregate with care very little about your womens-/LBGT-/black-studies knowledge. And, worse, often laugh openly about its perceived value after you prove you haven’t bothered to learn much else.

Sadder still is knowing that he comes here and gets knocked around academically by people who probably only graduated high school but who have genuine intellectual curiousity and have educated themselves on different topics, and this forces him to return to the comfort of that little womens-/LBGT-/black-studies bubble where he knows what he’s expected to say to be told he’s smart again.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

rogerb on February 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM

All of this with the MSM giving Obama a tongue bath every other hour. Whereas they beat on Bush 24/7. Also there is a certain 13% of the country that will NEVER see Obama as the incompetent man he is.

“13%”? Y’mean, Federal workers? Or union members? Or people whose name begins with the letters A, B, or C?
Or…..Ohhhhh, now I get it.
Left handed people.
Insufferable, leftist b*stards…

orangemtl on June 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Today was Jay Carney’s last day…he has to be the happiest guy in the country right now.

airupthere on June 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

His “replacement” is just as bad…

Despite growing outrage over the mysterious disappearance of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s emails, the new White House press secretary sees nothing wrong with the government’s inadequate explanation.

“I think it’s entirely reasonable. And it’s fact,” incoming spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday, according to CNN.

“You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before?”

Del Dolemonte on June 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

No it won’t. Even if he abandoned all his regulations in desperation he can’t do anything about the $5 gas his disastrous failure in Iraq is going to usher in this summer.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I disagree. It’s just under $4 in my state and you don’t hear a word about it in the media as we did when it spike under Bush.

8 weight on June 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

O’bama Cultist Chris Cillizza is soiling his Underoos over this new “poll”:

Fifty-four percent — let me repeat, 54 percent — said that Obama “cannot lead and get the job done,” while just 42 percent said he could lead. I asked the pollsters behind the NBC-WSJ survey for the party ID breakouts on that question, and here’s what they sent me: 84 percent of Republicans said that Obama can’t lead or get the job done, as did six in ten (61 percent) of independents. (Just one in five Democrats agreed.)

That is an absolutely remarkable vote of no-confidence in Obama’s ability to do the job he was elected to do.

Del Dolemonte on June 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Presidency is over?

Hell, he’s just now hitting his stride.

Meremortal on June 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

So, GiveItToMeFreeOrDie, when Hillary takes over the Presidency, will everything that happens for the next 8 years be Obama’s fault?

Or is the Bush thing permanent?

Meremortal on June 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

What leadership? I don’t recall him displaying any leadership. Ever.

He’s been a good figurehead for Valerie Jarret’s administration, but that’s about it.

ButterflyDragon on June 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

No it won’t. Even if he abandoned all his regulations in desperation he can’t do anything about the $5 gas his disastrous failure in Iraq is going to usher in this summer.

ConstantineXI on June 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I disagree. It’s just under $4 in my state and you don’t hear a word about it in the media as we did when it spike under Bush.

8 weight on June 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Yep, and in fact talk about any kind of inflation seems off-limits for the old media.

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

What I’d really like to know is who are the 46% self-loathing, judgment-impaired massochists who have confidence in his leadership…they should be treated promptly…

jimver on June 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

What the hell kind of teacher could lib free actually be? Gym? Home Ec?

TarasBulbous on June 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Fine Arts in Lesbian feminist interpretive dance.

SubmarineDoc on June 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Wow you’re generous. You know he peddles racism right?

CW on June 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

You can add me to the 54%. My son is a newly minted Marine and I am not willing to give up my baby to this imbecile-in-chief.

stlady on June 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

What the hell kind of teacher could lib free actually be? Gym? Home Ec?

TarasBulbous on June 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Fine Arts in Lesbian feminist interpretive dance.

SubmarineDoc on June 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Wow you’re generous. You know he peddles racism right?

CW on June 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Without the perfesser’s classes, what would all those athletes on scholarships do for credits?

slickwillie2001 on June 18, 2014 at 10:10 PM

From Day 1, Obama has NOT led.

What he has done is to get his way.

(Like the spoiled child that he is.)

jaydee_007 on June 19, 2014 at 4:30 AM

rogerb on June 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Lolz! That has to be moved to the next page. ; )

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

.
And so it shall be done. ; )
.

Imagine that for a bit. Imagine being consumed by your academic fetish but being constantly shown as wrong on almost every topic you introduce here outside of a laughably self-limited sort of “the influence of women professors in gay black history and how it influences future gay history of blacks and women” sphere of knowledge.

Now imagine knowing that the non-bubble folks you choose to congregate with care very little about your womens-/LBGT-/black-studies knowledge. And, worse, often laugh openly about its perceived value after you prove you haven’t bothered to learn much else.

Sadder still is knowing that he comes here and gets knocked around academically by people who probably only graduated high school but who have genuine intellectual curiosity and have educated themselves on different topics, and this forces him to return to the comfort of that little womens-/LBGT-/black-studies bubble where he knows what he’s expected to say, and be told he’s smart, again.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

rogerb on February 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Bmore on June 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM

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I edited that slightly, towards the end. But it is very good.
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Thanks rogerbmore !

listens2glenn on June 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

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