So much for Recovery Summer. The entire idea of this new PR campaign was to stimulate recovery in the trending on Barack Obama’s approval ratings, but it’s been as effective at that as Obamanomics has been at reviving the economy. CNN is the latest to notice that the trend continues:
Americans approval of how President Barack Obama is handling the nation’s economy has dropped to its lowest level of his presidency, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 42 percent of the public approves of how Obama’s dealing with the economy, down 2 points from March, with 57 percent disapproving of his performance on the economy, up 2 points from March. The survey’s Friday release comes as the president made comments at the White House on what he termed the progress made this week on the economy and job recovery.
This isn’t a big change from their last survey on the question. It’s a four-point swing on a question that has been a problem for Obama since last September, the last time he had a majority approval on the issue. Since then, he’s been significantly underwater.
In fact, the big takeaway is just how little opinion has changed on the economy. While Biden keeps talking up the economy, he’s speaking to empty rooms, figuratively speaking. The number of respondents in CNN polls saying that the economy is either somewhat or very poor has been 78% in every poll since March, and only descended from 83% in February.
Obviously, people aren’t at all convinced that anything has improved, and for good reason. If the administration insists on pushing its Recovery Summer campaign, they risk painting themselves as hopelessly out of touch.