To virtually no one’s surprise, President Barack Obama's approval rating has sunk to a new low of 44 percent, according to a Bloomberg News poll on Saturday. The slide has been in a progressive downward spiral since the 2012 election. But the negotiated release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Taliban commanders may be the president’s rock bottom.
Polling experts felt President Obama would recover after the disastrous Obamacare rollout in October, 2013, but a series of other world and domestic incidents have kept his poll numbers low and going south.
The Iowa-based Selzer & Co. conducted the poll from June 6 to 9. Respondents resoundingly rejected Obama’s performance on the economy by 57 percent; healthcare by 58 percent; the budget deficit, by 63 percent; on negotiating with House Republicans, by 55 percent; and the Veterans Affairs wait list scandal by 51 percent. Another 51 percent disapproved on the Bergdahl issue.
J. Ann Selzer, founder of Selzer & Co., told Bloomberg News, “In the past, Obama’s likeability has stayed ahead of perceptions of job performance. It appears he is no longer likeable enough."
Interestingly, although immigration reform was the stated cause of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning defeat last Tuesday, it isn't the major issue on most people's minds. Just six percent thought it was the country’s biggest issue.
Jobs topped the list of most important issues at 28 percent, followed by health care at 17 percent; declining incomes at 16 percent and the federal deficit, at 13 percent, reports The Wall Street Journal.
What surely is a key to the president’s steadily declining popularity is poll respondent’s perception of the United States as a continuing world power. A stunning 58 percent of the poll's 1,005 respondents said the country is in a sharp decline, yet half of those surveyed don’t think it’s the president’s fault. Forty-eight percent think Obama is weak and foreign leaders are challenging him.
The lowest poling numbers were provided on the federal deficit. Sixty-three percent feel the president is mishandling it while 33 percent approve with how he negotiates with the Republican-dominated House.
That basically means that the hardcore Obama partisans who would vote for him no matter what make up the 33 percent while the rest of the country is against him. An astonishing poll given Obama has more than two years left in his second term.
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