A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows that President Obama’s approval rating is at its lowest point in nearly two years — 41 percent — in the wake of a series of controversies that have battered his image.
The survey marks a nearly 10-point drop for Obama since April, when half of all respondents approved of the job he was doing. Now 48 percent disapprove.
The White House has been on the defensive in recent weeks, as the administration delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate, questions mounted about U.S. phone and Internet surveillance programs, headlines were dominated by the pursuit of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, and the Internal Revenue Service remained under fire for targeting conservative groups.
“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.
Obama’s approval rating in the poll hasn’t been this low since September 2011, when he received just 39 percent support.
The president is looking to change the narrative with a trio of economic speeches outside Washington this week. Administration officials sense an opening, with Congress leaving town for its August recess, to reshape the debate heading into feuds over the debt ceiling and more budget cuts this fall.
“When [Obama] gets away from talking about the economy, numbers have a tendency to slide,” Miringoff said.
The good news for the White House? Obama still has higher job approval numbers than House Republicans, whose approval rating dropped to 22 percent.