Obama’s Job-Approval Rating Takes a Hit – The Numbers

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President Barack Obama’s approval rating is as low as it has ever been during his presidency. Unable to push his agenda through Congress and weighed down with global trouble spots in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, Mr. Obama has never been less popular.


People who disapprove of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy has increased 11 percentage points in the last year. And it is happening at the worst possible time for a president who staked his first campaign on a promise to end the Iraq war. Now tensions in Iraq are exploding again.


Only a quarter of people think the country is on the right track. During Mr. Obama’s presidency, the number has only been lower during the 2013 government shutdown and after the debt-ceiling brinkmanship of 2011.

18- to 34-year-olds

Young people once served as one of the pillars of Mr. Obama’s political support, along with African Americans and Hispanics. But now young voters are just as disillusioned with the president as the public at large: Only 41% approve of the job he is doing as president–down from a high in the 60s.


The number of people who think the Obama administration is competent fell from 57% one year ago. The figure is lower than the 53% who thought President George W. Bush was competent in March 2006–months before Democrats won a landslide victory in that year’s midterm elections.

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18 June 2014 | 1:36 pm – Source: blogs.wsj.com

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