More Americans disapprove of Barack Obama than George Zimmerman, as new polls show the president’s job approval rating nosing further downward
By David Martosko Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 22 July 2013
A Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 Americans surveyed July 17 and 18 shows that 48 per cent view Zimmerman unfavorably. Three out of the four major presidential job-approval tracking polls conducted since his July 13 verdict show Obama out of favor among even more Americans.
Reuters/Ipsos polls conducted July 12-16 shows Obama with a 49 per cent disapproval rating among a sample of 1,745 Americans. Rasmussen put that number at 51 per cent in surveys of 1,500 likely voters July 17-20. And polls of 712 registered voters conducted by The Economist and YouGov.com between July 13 and 15 found that 53 per cent don’t approve of the president’s job performance.
Among major national polls, only Gallup’s July 17-20 surveys shows the president with fewer detractors than Zimmerman. Gallup found just 44 per cent of 1,500 Americans don’t like what they see coming out of the Oval Office.
Still, most national and inside-the-beltway news outlets, including NBC, CNN, The Hill and Politico, focused on the Gallup Poll over the weekend, ignoring other surveys that paint Obama in a less favorable light.
The Real Clear Politics average of Obama’s approval-rating polls puts him decidedly under water, with 45.8 per cent approval and 49 per cent disapproval. That approval rating is eight points down since the day after Christmas 2012.
Obama’s low poll numbers are in part a result of the Benghazi and press-targeting scandals that dragged down public approval of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Attorney General Eric Holder (R)
Obama weighed in Friday on the Zimmerman trial, saying that African-Americans view the result through a lens colored by past racism. There has been no poll released yet that includes data from after that highly personal 17-minute speech in the White House press briefing room.
The president is about to embark on an economics offensive in an effort to turn his numbers around, beginning with a speech Wednesday at Knox College in Illinois. That address will be a preview of key budget votes on the horizon in Congress.
The White House’s surrogates also are busily pushing his agenda on comprehensive immigration reform, which the Senate has already passed. It’s unclear whether the House of Representatives will follow suit, or if a bill that emerges will resemble the Senate bill enough to represent an Obama administration victory worth crowing about.
Meanwhile, a steady drumbeat of congressional hearings on the IRS’s tea party-targeting scandal and the new revelations expected from testimony by a Marine colonel in charge of Special Operations Forces in Africa on the day of the 2012 terror attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, may push the president’s approval rating into even worse territory.
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