In one respect, Barack Obama must certainly be happy that so much attention is focused on Hillary Clinton and her sinking poll numbers — and it has nothing to do with the Washington whispers that the Obama administration is behind the constant drip of bad news about Emailgate and Hillary’s worsening server scandal. The president could be happy about Hillary’s woes because his own approval ratings are not that great — in fact, they’re pretty bad — and the media spotlight on his former secretary of state means the heat isn’t as intense on the man in the Oval Office.
But Obama can’t escape the fact that Americans don’t approve of the job he’s doing, especially in the realm of foreign affairs. Results of a new poll from CNN/ORC shows the public has turned thumbs down to the president in a decidedly negative shift since late-July. A CNN report on the poll notes that “disapproval of President Barack Obama is on the rise amid dismal reviews of his work on several foreign policy issues and a sense that his policies would lead the country in the wrong direction.”
Specifically, Obama’s disapproval rating has climbed above 50%, with 51% of respondents saying they don’t like the way he’s handling the presidency and 47% approving. In addition to the higher overall disapproval number for the president, there are three areas where the survey shows Obama finds disfavor with the public.
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“Majorities also disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy and foreign affairs, as 52% say the policies Obama has proposed would move the country in the wrong direction,” says CNN. With regard to foreign affairs, the poll finds widespread dissatisfaction with the way Obama is handling the major concerns over ISIS and Iran:
…the President fares worst on his handling of ISIS, the Islamic militant group that controls some areas of Iraq and Syria, with 62% disapproving of how the President is dealing with the group. Nearly as many, 60% say they disapprove of his management of the U.S. relationship with Iran.
Obama, of course, has been working hard to convince Americans and their representatives on Capitol Hill that his Iran nuke pact is a good deal and should be given the congressional stamp of approval. It will be interesting to see if the minds of any lawmakers leaning toward a vote of confidence in the deal will be changed by the results of this new poll.
Polling such as this by CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, as poor a picture as it paints for President Obama, is actually among the better of the national surveys for the commander in chief. The Real Clear Politics average of polls on Obama’s job approval puts the president nearly six points underwater — 44.1 percent approving of his job, 50.9 percent disapproving.
The latest Rasmussen Reports tally of voter sentiment find the biggest negative spread for the president – only 43 percent approving of his job performance, while 55 percent of respondents turn thumbs down.
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