President Obama’s approval numbers fall to all-time low
Take a second-term president who has faced a series of setbacks this year and what do you get: public opinion polls that are nothing to brag about.
But when it comes to dropping numbers, new surveys suggest that President Barack Obama has plenty of company in the nation’s capital.
According to Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll released Thursday, only 41% of Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing, with 51% giving him a thumbs down.
It’s the same story in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday indicating 42% approval – an all-time low in NBC/WSJ polling for the President – with 51% saying they disapprove, tied for his all-time high.
And for the first time in NBC/WSJ polling, the President’s personal ratings are underwater, with 41% seeing Obama in a favorable light and 45% holding a negative view.
The NBC/WSJ and Gallup polls are not an aberration.
Obama stood at 41% approval in a Fox News poll last week and at 44% in the most recent CNN/ORC International survey, conducted immediately after the end of the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month.
“I don’t think it’s all tied to the health care website rollout or the government shutdown. You’ve also got the NSA surveillance controversy, the Syrian conflict. The President’s had a very complicated and tough time of it since he was re-elected. I often wonder why people want a second term in the White House. They end up with so many headaches,” said CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
Just about all recent polling suggests Americans are angry and frustrated, and it’s not just the President who’s feeling the heat.
According to the NBC/WSJ survey, only 22% see the Republican party in a positive light, another all-time low those surveys.
The poll also indicates that more than six in 10 want to replace their own member of Congress, the highest percentage ever recorded on that specific question. And only 22% say the nation’s headed in the right direction.
“Republicans should not take comfort in the fact that the President’s numbers are dropping because their numbers are dropping even more. There is a sense of a pox on all your houses in all of this polling that we’ve seen recently,” added Borger.
The government shutdown gave the President and congressional Democrats a short term boost in public opinion polls. The miserable launch of HealthCare.Gov maybe wiping away those gains.
The big question is which controversy may have a bigger impact with voters by the time the 2014 midterm elections roll around a year from now.
“Probably the biggest factor in the 2014 midterms will be the state of the economy next year,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But neither party seems to be directly addressing that problem right now and that has to be a major source of frustration for many voters.”
“If they take that frustration out on the incumbent party in the White House, that’s bad for the Democrats. If they take out that frustration on incumbent members of Congress, that’s probably bad for the Republicans because there are more GOP incumbents than Democratic incumbents,” he said.