Obama’s Approval Numbers Plummet (Again)


President Barack Obama’s rapport with the American people continues to slip. A poll released this week by Investors Business Daily (IBD) shows more than half the country now disapproves of the President’s second-term performance.

Only 41 percent of Americans said they approve of Obama when the survey was conducted at the end of June, as the President shrugged off yet another surveillance scandal before dashing off to a lavish tour of Africa. But a 52 percent majority said they disapprove.


The surveillance scandals have hit the President hard.

“A clear majority, 59%, said government surveillance invades innocent Americans’ privacy, vs. 34% who disagreed,” the survey summary reports. “Among independents, the split was 72%-25%. Even 42% of Democrats agreed the surveillance invades privacy. Obama has taken heat from his liberal base over the NSA program and the seizure of phone records of AP reporters and Fox News’ James Rosen. Normally friendly editorial pages have been scathing and have noted Obama’s broken 2008 promise to promote civil liberties.”

Obama has seen a particularly steep drop in support from single women — a key demographic that buoyed both his election campaigns. His approval from single women has fallen 29 percent, from 74.5 percent last November to 52.9 percent in late June.

The IBD survey employs a number of factors in assigning the President’s overall approval rating a number known as the Presidential Leadership Index. In only a single month, Obama’s already-low index rating fell from 48.9 to 43.2 on the 100-point scale. “The 11.7% slide was the worst since Obama took office. For the fourth straight month, the reading stood below 50, signaling disapproval,” the report notes.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • observer

    Although polls and surveys can and should be viewed with a certain degree of scepticism, this one would appear to be reasonably accurate in my biased view. The question is, if it is true, why would anyone be surprised? The man is a puppet and can best be described as someone who prostituted himself to the elites and is simply doing their bidding. That was his decision and he seems quite arrogantly satisfied with it, regardless of what the polls say. Remember he has to live with that for the rest of his life and if he sees himself as ‘the messiah’ so be it.
    We who differ on that opinion have to live with it as well in the full realization that it is our fault that he enjoys his untouchable albeit unsavoury demeanour.

    • steve

      some might say he is the anti-christ. time will tell. look at religion .your head is on the chopping block.

      • Vigilant

        He’s not popular enough to be the Anti-Christ.

    • Don 2

      You say, “Remember he has to live with that for the rest of his life…..” You bet he will live with it the rest of his life, but not the way you mean. He will be a hero to Islam, when he financially destroys the Great Satan through Political Jihad.

      • John

        If you go back 7000 years there was a series of Prophets that predicted the coming of the great deceiver Muhammad and his false god the 2nd son of Satan. Islam is truly the evil entity that it appears.

    • dan

      the malignant narcissist would be only too willing to go out a martyr…
      thinking he would be rewarded in the hereafter

  • Warrior

    Funny, I always vote but I never receive any calls from “pollsters”. I wonder do “likely” voters actually end up voting? In “ill-annoy”, when you show up at the local gubmint voting place, they ask you if you want to vote dem or repub. When you select dem, they circle your name with a black pen and when you select repub, they circle your name with a red pen. Why do you think they do that?

    • momo

      Why do they ask at all?

    • Vigilant

      So much for the secret ballot. It’s none if their business, period.

    • jimwilson81

      They should not be asking. 1) It is none of their business. 2) You have the right not to answer them unless you want to. And that could be a big mistake.

    • JimH

      Hi Warrior, I know why you are asked in the primary elections. In the general elections they have no reason to ask.

  • Earl Miller

    There is no question, The white majority is beginning to wake up. It is a shame that we have waited so long to wise up to this Charleton’s devious plans for this nation’s “transformation”as Obama calls it. I call it treason. He has carefully plotted to disrupt our governmental processes with his arrogant obsession of giving this country over to blacks and Muslims. We do not agree with that destructive decimation of our country and we will do what it takes to stop him.

  • nobaloneyhere

    Find a way to survey the low-information voter crowd that put him back into office and you will see his popularity ratings soar, maybe to new heights. He doesn’t care what his ratings are. He got reelected and that’s all he cared about. His people in Congress must be stopped again in 2014 or else you will see this country go to hell fast.

    • Ibn Insha

      These low-information voters sold themselves to Obama in exchange for free stuff. They will sell themselves again in the next election to the highest bidder because ill gotten material from government has rendered them shameless. They are worse than a whore. The scary part is this that they are the majority.


    This SOB is in office illegally, he cannot and will not provide a valid BC or credentials to keep and hold the office of POTUS and We the People are saddled with a lot of congressional cowards who either by collusion or fear will not remove this treasonous poison from our Oval Office….

  • Ibn Insha

    Poll numbers don’t mean anything. Polls are inexact science. If they were, we did not need to have presidential elections every 4 years at expense of billions of dollars. Obama is here to stay till the end of his current term, unfortunately.