According to a CNN-ORC International poll result released Monday morning, President Barack Obama’s approval rating fell eight percentage points in the past month. The poll shows that Obama’s rating is now at 45 percent which is his lowest rating in more than a year-and-a-half.
Previously considered surprising by some that the president hadn’t been affected by the multiple scandals surrounding the president and his White House, the negative effects are now apparent. The scandals in the recent past have included – but are not limited to – the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups and individuals requesting tax-exempt status, the ongoing concerns about the Obama administration’s response – or non-response – to the Benghazi terrorist attack in which the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died, the United States’ Justice Department’s gathering of media personnel’s phone records, and, of course, the most recent scandal of how President Obama has reacted to the government’s surveillance programs which have held headlines for several weeks now.
Beyond being the lowest rating in well over a year, Obama’s rating on honesty and trustworthiness scored his worst rating during his four-and-a-half-year presidency as half of those surveyed say they simply don’t believe he is being honest or trustworthy. Additionally, just over 60 percent think the government has become so large and powerful that it challenges the freedoms and rights of Americans.
With the decline in the president’s approval rating, the disapproval rating of how the president is doing his job has surged to 54 percent. This poll shows the first time since Nov. 2011 that the majority of people have disapproved of Obama’s job performance.
On terrorism, Obama’s approval rating dropped 13 percentage points. The personal honesty issue has Obama dropping nine percentage points over the past month, while 57 percent disagree with Obama’s views on the power and large size of the government and 53 percent indicate that he can’t manage the government effectively. The areas in which Obama hasn’t been hit too hard are domestic issues including immigration and the economy.
The poll’s report indicates that Obama’s drop in support is accentuated by people who are under 30 years of age whose support dropped an incredible 17 points. Additionally, support from independents has taken a drastic hit of 10 percentage points from 47 percent a month ago to only 37 percent in mid-June.
Of note, while some-60 percent disapprove of Obama’s dealing with government surveillance of the United States’ citizenry, only 52 percent disapproved under George W. Bush back in 2006 when there were similar headlines-of-concern.
ORC International administered the survey for CNN from June 11 to June 13, 2013.