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CNN: President Obama's Approval Rating Drops 7 Points

President Barack Obama holds a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, April 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)In a new CNN poll, President Obama is proving he's had the worst three months ever with his approval numbers dropping seven points in 100 days. CNN, of course, links this to the myriad of I-Can't-Believe-It's-A-Scandal! scandals that have popped up of late.

Some are old hat, like Benghazi, but others are fresh and new flavored like the IRS targeting Tea Party groups ... for slower approvals and more scrutiny, but still eventually approving them. These scandals are not sexy, dirty, rotten scandals. They're not easy to explain like extramarital sex or graft. They're all overly complicated and kind of mind-numbing, like the NSA spying on people -- something that's been going on since forever now -- but is now shocking because Obama is in charge instead of George W. Bush.

I'm not particularly surprised the spying is still going on under Obama because what president gives up power? It's disappointing, but if you're just now disappointed that might have been a bit more helpful back when Alberto Gonzales was stalking former Attorney General John Ashcroft's sick bed, trying to violate the Constitution. 

Still, Obama isn't made of Teflon. It was only a matter of time before all the rabble got to his approval rating. 

From CNN:

Fifty-six percent of those questioned in the poll approve of how Obama is handling his duties as president. Four in 10 disapprove.

The 56 percent approval is down five percentage points from June, and represents a drop of seven points from the president's April showing. The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. figures are in line with numbers from most other national polls out the past few weeks. See the full results (pdf)

"Since April, Obama's rating has stayed steady among white women, but he has dropped 14 points among white men. A majority of white men supported him at the 100-day mark, but now most white men disapprove of how he is handling his job," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Obama has also slipped among non-whites, but he still gets support from over 70 percent of that group."

But the poll isn't all doom and gloom for the President. More from the poll:


  • "44 percent say that Obama's polices have so far made the economy better"
  • "More than four in 10 are pointing fingers at Republicans" (for our economic woes)
  • "Nearly 6 in 10 feel that the president has tried to handle more issues than he should have."
  • "Just over half questioned feel that the first six months of the Obama presidency have been a success."


So what have we learned? Well, I could say that despite the scandals most people still kind of like the President and want things to work out (unless you're a disillusioned white male). I could also say, we've learned nothing since despite the 7 point drop, it's more breath-taking that it's not worse considering how hard the rabble's been rabble rousing about these "scandals." And it took 100 days to put in a dent. And multiple dramas. And lots and lots of screaming and more media coverage of that NSA leak guy's girlfriend than the guy. 

Because these scandals are complicated and "Swoden's girlfriend: Hot or not" is easy. 

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Reader Comments (1)

I don't think the NSA news is only shocking because Obama is in charge instead of George W. Bush.

I think it's more because, after the warrantless wiretapping scandal during the Bush administration, both Congress and Obama were like, "Hey, guys, we fixed it (sort of). Okay, we're not going to go back to the pre-9/11 intelligence status quo, but we won't do anything too crazy or overreaching and it'll all be legal, with proper congressional and court oversight, et cetera, et cetera."

But now it comes out that ... Nope, not really. Nothing much got fixed. Big Brother is watching everybody. Sorry.

We, the voters, need to be constantly on the lookout for the ever-popular cosmetic reform that doesn't ultimately reform anything -- the old switcheroo, which replaces an unpopular, bad policy with a nearly identical unpopular, bad policy, but with a perky name, like the "America Is the Awesome-est Country Act."

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersmartacus
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