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Pew: Obama’s Approval Hits Lowest Point Ever

From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:

Obama’s Second-Term Slide Continues

November 8, 2013

Barack Obama has had a difficult year since his reelection victory. His overall job rating stands at 41%, down 14 points since last December. A majority (53%) now disapproves of the way he is handling his job as president.

The latest national poll by the Pew Research Center, conducted Oct. 30-Nov. 6 among 2,003 adults, finds that Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar downward trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. A year after his reelection, 36% approved of Bush’s job performance, down from 48% in December 2004.

Funny, it’s not being talked about the same way. In fact, George Will has even suggested that Obama’s is the worst first year of a second term for any President, apart from Nixon. (A claim that Mr. Lincoln might argue with.)

In contrast, the two prior presidents who won reelection – Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan – enjoyed positive ratings over the course of the next year. At comparable points in their fifth year in office, 58% approved of Clinton’s job performance while Reagan’s job rating stood at 62%.

And Bill Clinton had Monica Lewinsky on his, er, lap.

The new survey finds that majorities disapprove of the way Obama is handling four of five issues tested, with terrorism the lone exception (51% approve, 44% disapprove). For every issue, including terrorism, his ratings are lower than they were earlier this year.

Obama Approval on Economy: 31%, Health Care: 37%Obama’s job ratings on the economy have been more negative than positive for more than four years, but the current measure is the worst of his presidency. Just 31% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy, while 65% disapprove.

Only about one-in-five independents (21%) give Obama positive marks on the economy, while 75% disapprove. About a third of Democrats (34%) disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy (64% approve).

Obama also gets negative ratings on health care policy (37% approve, 59% disapprove). In January, views of Obama’s handling of health care policy were mixed (45% approved, 47% disapproved)…

Only about a third of the public (32%) approves of the job Obama is doing on immigration policy; 60% disapprove…

In other words, Americans disapprove of every single thing Obama is doing, except in the field of terrorism, where he is just continuing Bush’s policies.

Obama Approval Falls to New Low

Obama’s approval ratings fluctuated during the early part of this year. But since May, when 51% approved of his job performance, his ratings have moved steadily downward – to 46% in July, 43% in October and 41% this month.

While Obama’s overall marks have changed little over the past month, the 12-point difference between disapproval (53%) and approval (41%) is the largest of his presidency.

Funny how Pew buries this news.

Since Obama’s first year in office, his job rating has been above 50% on only a handful of occasions. His rating last December (55% approve, 39% disapprove) was his highest since September 2009 (55% approve, 33% disapprove), with the exception of a brief spike after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 (56% approve, 38% disapprove).

Independents Sour on Obama in 2nd Term

Since December 2012, Obama has lost the most ground among independents: Currently, only 32% of independents approve of his job performance while 61% disapprove. In December, 53% approved and 39% disapproved…

So Obama has lost the precious Independents. Which is why we are getting all of these stories about how suddenly the Independents aren’t so precious after all.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Pew: Obama’s Approval Hits Lowest Point Ever”

  1. canary

    More than 3 years to go. Scary.

  2. Does anybody watch NBC’s The Blacklist? There was a line spoken by James Spader’s character that was Truth with a capital T. When a character in the show says something about the President, Spader dismissively waves off the concern with this line .. “The President? The guy in that office is meaningless. He controls nothing.”

    Obama is the zenith of “Give The Ball To Leroy.”

  3. yadayada

    Ok, I know this sounds like fantasy and is rhetorical, but;
    if we look at it with a eye of seriousness, this guy’s approval rating would be in the negatives right now if he had to deal with the media set at even 50 ‘/. of GWB.
    I don’t know. maybe there is hope after all. if W was able to even survive the bulk of negative propaganda heaped upon him by his detractors, it must mean that the most people saw that what he was doing was working. so even with all of the icing and sugar coating the slum party has at it’s disposal being used to sweeten this turd up, the people are beginning to realize that it’s not really a cupcake and is still just turd after all.
    the truth will always out. it just takes the lowinfos a LONG time to get it.




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