As the failed president pivots to the economy for the 37th time, Americans are increasingly fed up with his race-baiting agenda and increasing number of scandals, resulting in one of his lowest ever job approval numbers. Of course the media tries to prop him up by pointing out Congressional approval numbers are lower, but that’s always the case. Nice try.
The plummeting numbers – still higher than those of Congress – come after weeks of rising gasoline prices, revelations about domestic spying and turmoil in the Middle East.
The disappointing results come as the White House this week looks to turn the national conversation back to the economy. Obama will deliver the first of a series of speeches Wednesday aimed at offering his vision for boosting economic growth, even as the new poll found that just 37 percent of the respondents approved of his handling of the economy, while 56 percent disapproved.
Overall, the poll found Obama’s job approval at 41 percent last week, a sharp drop from April’s 50 percent and his worst showing in the poll since 39 percent in September 2011. Forty-eight percent disapproved in the latest poll, up from April’s 46 percent.
Obama won re-election in November with 51 percent of the popular vote.
“Clearly six months into his second term there’s been falloff across the board. It’s not like one group bailed on him,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in New York, which conducted the poll.
Adding to the feeling of political inertia has been the distractions of other issues.
“When (Obama) gets away from talking about the economy, numbers have a tendency to slide,” Miringoff said.
The president has been weathering a succession of spring and summer political storms. In May, news broke that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted for special scrutiny tea party groups seeking tax exemptions. In June, the administration was rocked by revelations about secret government programs that collect data from U.S. phone records and the Internet.