President Obama’s approval rating remains unchanged since March

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s poll numbers are nothing to brag about, but there’s little evidence he has suffered so far this year a “Katrina moment” that caused his predecessor’s numbers to plummet.

A new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that public opinion of the President has barely budged in the wake of new challenges that Obama has faced this year.

According to the poll, which was released Wednesday, the President’s approval rating among Americans stands at 42 percent . That’s not great, but it’s basically unchanged since March.

Only 42 percent believe that Obama can manage the government effectively. Again, nothing to celebrate, but it’s virtually unchanged from the 43 percent  who felt that way in March.

“When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, the biggest impact on attitudes toward George W. Bush came in the number who said that he could manage the government effectively. That number dropped 10 points, and no other personal quality measured at that time changed as much,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Using that as a definition of a ‘Katrina moment,’ it looks like Obama has not experienced a similar drop in the summer of 2014, in part because his numbers already took that hit last year and have stabilized since then.”

The survey indicates there have been one-to-two point changes (which are within the poll’s sampling error) in the number of Americans who say that Obama is a strong leader, that he shares their values and that he cares about people.

“Once again, those numbers are not good news for the White House, but the clear indication is that the President’s problems pre-date the current immigration crisis along the Mexican border or anything else that has happened this summer, and that those problems have not made things significantly worse for the President,” Holland added.

Obama drop started last year

Obama’s numbers edged down during the late spring and summer of 2013 following controversies over the Edward Snowden intelligence leaks and congressional investigations into the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative political groups. Then came October and the politically charged botched rollout of the website for Obamacare, his signature domestic policy achievement.

Coupled with legislative setbacks, many pundits labeled 2013 the worst year of Obama’s presidency. And for the first time since taking over at the White House in 2009, a majority of the public surveyed disapproved of his job performance.

Obama’s approval ratings slightly rebounded earlier this year before edging down to their current standing in the low 40s in most national public opinion polling.

The release of the new CNN poll comes after the crisis along the southern border dominated headlines for weeks. Prior to that controversy, the scandal rocking the Department of Veterans Affairs was in the media spotlight.

The President is also facing two pressing international challenges: the bloody fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, and the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Prior to these two international flashpoints, Obama was dealing with the increased bloodshed in Iraq, the ongoing civil war in Syria, as well as the controversial swapping of five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for the release of a U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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13 comments

  • Luv Life!

    B.O. wasn’t voted in because of his intelligence and those who voted for him lacked intelligence!

  • American Hero

    He is proof that you do not need a brain to be leader of this country! All you have to do is manipulate and lie and fool the uneducated welfare folks…and that he did!

  • stantheman

    The main stream media, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN. If they would report exactly what is happening in this country Obama would have much lower approval. This media is no different than Russia, Cuba, Iran, etc. These media outlets are state run. If you don’t believe it, listen to some of the softball questions asked this President compared to what Bush was asked.

  • sinner 3

    OK . People this is exactly what PROPAGANDA !! Is Tell you the same lie over and over KK_Klinton TACTIC !!

  • AMERICAN

    if you only poll immigrants on the immigrant issue then Obama is their hero. the media is further up his a$$ than Hillary.

  • Ronald Chappell

    Your are right. I was going to make a disparaging remark about those 2 /1/2 % on the tail of the IQ erfc that should be forgiven but then with the information available on the MSM , I should be more charitable with the other 37 1/2 %.

  • a man

    For a government that is suppose to be for the people and by the people we have had no voice with this president. when he doesn’t get his way he signs an executive order. he has signed more executive orders than the last 10 presidents combined. this makes our government a monarchy and it must be stopped. in my opinion that is why his approval rating is so low. that and the fact we are quickly becoming a minority in our own country and he thinks that’s fine. wake up people. pencil in Phil Robertson for president this next election and lets clean Washington dc up.

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