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Obama's approval slide continues

Recent poll numbers show the Obama magic has vanished.
Recent poll numbers show the Obama magic has vanished.
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According to the results of Rasmussen’s June 22 survey entry on President Barack Obama’s Approval Index History, the majority of Americans do not approve of his job performance.

While the single percentage point margin between the president’s “total approve” (49 percent) and “total disapprove” (50 percent) ratio seems slight, the spread between “strongly approve” (24 percent) and “strongly disapprove” (39 percent)expands to a double-digit margin of 15 percent.

The results of Gallup’s June 18-20 survey of Obama’s job approval – “based on a three-day rolling average” – bore similar bad news. Where 40 percent of Gallup’s respondents “approved” of the president’s job performance, 54 percent did not.

The results Gallup’s June 5-8 survey – which explored the sentiments of Americans regarding Obama's job performance in more detail -- provided worse news for Obama.

“Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities,” Gallup proposed, “please say whether you think each applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama.”

The majority, 51 percent to 47 percent, said the quality of being “honest and trustworthy” did not apply to the president.
The majority, 50 percent to 48 percent, also said the words “understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives” does not apply.

Other qualities the majority of respondents did not feel apply to Obama are; “strong and decisive leader” (53 percent to 45 percent), “shares your values” (56 percent to 43 percent), “can manage the government effectively” (60 percent to 39 percent), and “has a clear plan for solving the country’s problems” (65 percent to 34 percent).

The findings from Gallup’s survey revealed a significant plunge from the results gleaned from another survey, which posed similar questions just over five months ago.

According to the results of Quinnipiac’s Jan. 22 survey, the majority of respondents (49 percent to 46 percent) said Obama is not “honest and trustworthy.” While 49 percent said he was a strong leader, 48 percent say he was not. The survey also found that the majority (53 percent to 42 percent) felt “the Obama administration is not competent running the government,” and most (47 percent to 45 percent) didn’t believe the president was “paying attention” to what his administration was doing.

While American voters gave Obama a negative 40 - 54 percent approval rating, they gave the president “his lowest grades for their top priorities”:

Negative 39 - 56 percent for his handling of the economy;
Negative 36 - 59 percent for his handling of healthcare;
Positive 48 - 41 percent for handling terrorism;
Negative 40 - 49 percent for foreign policy;
Negative 39 - 47 percent for handling Iran.

As Gallup reported Friday, approval of Obama's handling of immigration has dropped to 31 percent, "one of the lowest readings since 2010, when Gallup began polling on his handling of the issue."

The overwhelming majority -- 65 percent -- "disapprove of his handling of immigration."

According to the Real Clear Politics average of six national surveys -- conducted between May 16 and June 16 -- the majority of Americans (63.5 percent) feel the country in on the "wrong track." Only 28.5 percent said they feel the country is heading in the "right direction."

Regarding Obamacare, the Real Clear Politics average of six national surveys over the same time period revealed that 51.7 percent of Americans remain opposed to the president's signature health care law. Only 38.5 percent expressed favor.

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