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.