fbpx ');*/ /*jQuery("#postgridID").addClass("second"); jQuery("#content-wrapper #page-wrapper .tt-content .vc_row .tt-slider-content #postgridID").before(''); */ });

Type to search

Poll: Obama’s Approval Sinks To New Low

Memo Pad National News Politics

Poll: Obama’s Approval Sinks To New Low

Share

Discontent with Washington and disillusionment with the economy have sent President Obama’s approval rating to its lowest level in his presidency, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows.

And while Obama’s sinking numbers may signal trouble for Democrats as they fight to maintain a majority in the Senate, the poll also showed continued discontent with the entire Washington establishment — including Republican politicians.

According to the poll, President Obama’s approval rating dropped 2 points to 41 percent in March, down from 43 percent in January, and represents a new low for the president — 54 percent of those polled disapprove of the job Obama is doing, the highest level since the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.  

The poll is certainly not a good sign for the president and his party, but it puts his approval at the low range compared to a number of other recent polls. A Bloomberg poll released Tuesday, for example, puts the president’s job approval rating at a high 48 percent. The Huffington Post’s polling average also has him steady at 44 percent approval — essentially unchanged from the beginning of 2014.

Foreign policy and the Affordable Care Act are issues that have most negatively affected Obama, the recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows.

Interestingly, on the issue of foreign policy, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all indicated they were more likely to back a candidate who does not support the U.S. playing an outsize role in foreign affairs.  One independent poll respondent from Washington summarized: “The time and the place for the United States to become the world’s policeman has come and gone. Let the world fight amongst themselves.”

But before Republicans start predicting a tidal wave in the 2014 midterms, its important to note that the level of discontent with their party, as well as with members of Congress, is similar to that which dogs the president.

In fact, the polled showed disapproval of the Republican Party was greater than disapproval of the Democrats — 45 percent of those polled viewed the GOP negatively, while just 27 percent viewed the party in a positive light. By contrast, 38 percent of respondents view the Democrats negatively, and 35 percent view the party positively.  

Despite the overall Democratic advantage in approval ratings, neither party should take this as a strong indicator for what to expect in the midterms.

In response to a question about which party should control Congress, the poll showed a virtual toss-up: 43 percent responded Democrats should control Congress; 44 percent said they want to see Republicans take both chambers.

Furthermore, a large majority of those polled responded that their specific member of Congress does not deserve another term. Just 34 percent of 1,000 adults polled said that their representative should get another term. Shockingly, a 55 percent majority responded that they would vote to replace every member of Congress if given the option.

AFP Photo/Saul Loeb

Tags:

46 Comments

  1. Sand_Cat March 12, 2014

    Really? And what terrible, terrible things has he done to warrant this? Probably much the same things he did when his approval ratings were high as the sky. When are people going to learn that these polls are more often than not meaningless?

    Reply
    1. joe schmo March 13, 2014

      Walking around with eyes wired shut?

      Reply
      1. Sand_Cat March 13, 2014

        I can see fine, but your brain obviously isn’t processing what your eyes and ears are telling you very well.
        Obviously you’ve hated Obama with pathological intensity from the moment he came on your radar screen, so it’s not surprising you love to see numbers from polls in which self-contradictory answers are cobbled together to yield what the pollster wants, i.e., low approval for the president.
        Many of us here aren’t huge fans, and have been disappointed and even angered by specific actions he’s taken, but your hatred blinds you to anything so “complex,” and especially to the fact that virtually all the leaders of the opposition, and almost all of what passes for “policy” in their minds, is enough to make him look nearly perfect. On top of that – sort of the “icing on the cake” – people like you are even more frightening to the rational than they are.

        Reply
        1. Independent1 March 13, 2014

          Don’t put too much stock in this poll. The WSJ and NBC are both right-wing biased organizations and if the poll is really what it says, it’s because of the way they worded the poll or the list of folks they called for it. It was most likely created and formated for political purposes to try and sway public opinion against Obama.

          Reply
          1. joe schmo March 13, 2014

            Well…..I guess Chris Matthews doesn’t count either? I don’t think that it is not for purposes to try and sway the public opinion against Obama. His track record speaks for itself….and it just keeps getting nuttier. Seriously, now he wants to make private employers pay for overtime. Do you know what that will result in. Employers cutting hours and only allowing their employees to work until 5:00. That sounds pretty close to Communism. I think some Americans are getting pretty sick of Obama and his jester’s imperialistic ideology. Some of you are finally waking up!

            Hey, who’s to say that the Conservatives will win in November, but if you want to see this Country survive, some of your political motives need to swing back towards, at least, the center. Problem is you just don’t see what we have seen for some time now. Go ahead and bash me, but I know that we are somewhat right…….

            Reply
          2. Independent1 March 13, 2014

            The WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch – you have to be delusional if you think Rupert would allow the WSJ to partner in publishing a poll with anything but another right-wing rag.

            And the notion that increasing pay will cost jobs is a figment or your and obviously the GOP’s wild imagination. The State of Washington has by far the highest minimum wage in America and the state outpaces the nation in job creation. Not only that, but not one state that’s individually raised their minimum wage has seen a decline in jobs being created – in fact every state when they raised the min wage has seen job creation improvement.

            In Europe, where the minimum wage is the equivalent of $12/hr, the fast food chains that operate there see better profits there than they do in America. Guess why?? Because even the people earning minimum wage there can go into a fast food place and order the more profitable selections off the menu – rather than like in America where they have to order off what was the dollar menu which are often loss leaders.

            And for other retail outlets, even the people that work for them can afford to buy from he store they work at rather than having to wait to purchase clearnance items at an employee discount which provides virtually no profits for the store they work for.

            When are you and the idiot GOP going to wake up to the reality that raising the minimum wage would actually increase profits for the companies that keep trying to keep from raising their employees wages?????

            Reply
  2. Buford2k11 March 13, 2014

    It would help if PBO started to tame the NSA, and CIA…the CIA is doing bad things, and that is just a normal assumption, it is what we pay them for…where the CIA has gone wrong is turning their “program” inwards against the USofA…PBO has had his chance to change this…PBO had a chance to reign in Wall Street…but he didn’t…he is jerking us around on the XL…Plus, the constant and nagging winger hate and racism all day and all night long…The republicans and baggers are much more to blame for our current situation, and PBO has had turncoat Democrats as well…I have to say, my personal feelings about the gop/baggers are, well, not fit to print…

    Reply
    1. 1standlastword March 13, 2014

      Like I said above the Bush-wacker burned our credibility and put the man behind him in a world of shit from the start.

      Now with the ultra-conservative congress pulling government to the far right and the constantly appeasing Mr. Obama trying so hard to make lemonade out of swamp water, it appears his rating is as it should be given the history of his policies

      And yes BO has failed the 99% and continues to do so because of so much “effective” conservative activism at all levels of government.

      We progressives keep getting our asses handed to us by a minority…damn that’s frustrating!!!!

      But one thing I hope people can appreciate and that is BO is not antisocial like his predecessor.

      He might not be as progressive as we want but he tips his hat in half measures that gives some progressives a warm feeling…just not enough and really too late in the game.

      Congress might cause democrats to loose a hold on Hispanics. Yes democrats might get scapegoated by republican obstruction once again

      Reply
  3. Melvin Miller March 13, 2014

    The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll is skewed to the right. Where were they on the election of 2012?

    Reply
  4. Grannysmovin March 13, 2014

    Did they poll the same people for all questions? If so how is this possible: “In fact, the polled showed disapproval of the Republican Party was greater than disapproval of the Democrats – 45 percent of those polled viewed the GOP negatively, while just 27 percent viewed the party in a positive light.” However even though they disapprove of the Republican Party more than the Democrats, “they responded to a question about which party should control Congress, the poll showed a virtual toss-up: 43 percent responded Democrats should control Congress; 44 percent said they want to see Republicans take both chambers.” Strange poll results…

    Reply
    1. Independent1 March 13, 2014

      Of course the results are strange when you’re falsifying all the numbers. This is just one more right-wing attempt to try to sway people into not liking Obama. It’s basically a farce.

      Reply
  5. terry b March 13, 2014

    Despite is low ratings, he is still so preferable to having to deal with the fascists beliefs of the current republican party. Do we want to move forward or backward as a country? His predecessor got us into a war that we did not belong in. A trillion and a half to two wars. Million dead. New land for terrorists to clamor. The one nice thing about Bush is that he still manages to make Obama look good.

    Reply
    1. joe schmo March 13, 2014

      No fascists, No communists……stand corrected Conservative, constitutional, capitalist’s. There is not a social bone in the rights body. On the other hand…..Liberals come close….damn close.

      Reply
      1. terry b March 13, 2014

        Have you any real intelligence? The right wing is filled with fascist beliefs. They want to strip women of their sacrosanct right to choose, stop minorities from voting, make it more difficult for pretty much anyone who doesn’t agree with them from voting and they hate homosexuals. Change women to Jews and you pretty much have the old Nazi party! Any bright person sees all the truth here. You are right on one thing all/most republicans/conservatives have no conscience which keeps them from ever having a social bone in in their body. That what fascism is all about. Or Nazi like if you prefer. Or if you are really religious we can refer to them ast the American Taliban. I suppose you have a problem with the truth. Since much of the GOP is also referred to as the retarded right you would probably be clueless of any truth that was spoken to you. Liberals and moderates and anyone with a modicum of intelligence are always concerned with civil liberties.

        Reply
        1. Independent1 March 14, 2014

          Terry, you’ve sure got that all right – Joe is definitely clueless of anything that resembles reality or the truth.

          Reply
          1. terry b March 14, 2014

            Why does those who actually like the republican party so ignorant of the kind of un-American things that they preach?

            Reply
          2. Independent1 March 14, 2014

            Wish I had a clear cut answer for that.

            It’s my presumption that a large percentage of those voting Republican today are doing so because it’s been a family tradition; and because of their ingrained notion that the GOP is more supportive of their conservative beliefs than the Dems, they refuse to accept that the GOP has changed drastically over the past 50 years and is no longer the party that their families previously supported. (Just like the Pharisees refused to believe that Jesus was the Christ even though he was right there in their midsts.)

            Also, a large number of today’s Republicans are constantly hammered on about voting for GOP candidates by their misguided priests, ministers, preachers, etc. Many of today’s religions have the misguided notion that Jesus gave them the charge of being vigilantes for God – rooting out those who don’t conform to what he preached by trying to legislate morality; when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

            If supposed Christians in many religions just understood correctly Jesus’ parable of the Tares (weeds) among the Wheat (bad people among the good); they would realize that their efforts to root out the bad people by legislating morality, is in opposition to what Jesus actually said.

            When the Apostles understood the parable of the Tares among the Wheat, they were ready to charge out and start rounding up the bad people and bringing them in for punishment; but Jesus said NO! In rounding up the bad people they may unfairly round up the good people. He said that when he returned, God would round up the bad people and bundle them up for the fire. For some reason, a large number of those in prominent religions appear not to understand the word NO!

            Also, the only charge Jesus ever gave to the Apostles was to preach the Gospel; and if people didn’t believe, to dust themselves off and go somewhere else to preach – it would be worse for those who didn’t believe when he returned than if they’d never been born. Even Paul, when he addressed applying correction to those who were misguided, it was always to those in the “church”. Paul never suggested that churches should attempt to legislate morality on people outside the church as many churches are doing today.

            Sorry if I sound like I’m preaching, but I’m trying to explain the best I can why Republicans of today seem to refuse to see how outright corrupt and extreme the GOP has become. My sense is that today’s Republicans are like the Pharisees of Jesus time, who couldn’t understand the truth when Jesus was preaching it to them. I won’t go as far as to say that like with the Pharisees God is blinding their minds intentionally, as he did with the Pharisees because they had become colossal hypocrites and bigots; but those adjectives seem to fit, if not Republicans in general, the GOP which they misguidedly support.

            Reply
          3. idamag March 14, 2014

            Blind faith. It is like the parent who says, “My child didn’t do that.” In my case, when a twelve-year-old broke my eight-year-old’s eardrum and the school said they had a lot of problems with Steven (the 12-yr-old) and would I call so the mother wouldn’t think the school was picking on her kid. I called and she said just because her stevie had been taught to stick up for himself, he got blamed for everything. That is how the dyed-in-the-wool Republicans are. No matter what the Republicans do they either overlook it or it is okay. They made a big thing out of a blow job and paid no attention to the missing 6 billion dollars in Iraq.

            Reply
  6. midway54 March 13, 2014

    Insofar as tagging Obama as a failed president, the neo-fascist plutocracy and its devoted henchmen are proud of their success in duping the rubes and yahoos in the sticks and of the dependability of those clueless voters in Dupedom South, where the Klan mindset is alive and well but only slightly underground: witness the rightwing lunatics showing up in the Congress mostly from that region and leading the continuing, severe and grossly false ad hominem attacks against Obama

    Reply
  7. DennisRL March 13, 2014

    Yesterday a Bloomberg poll said that the president’s approval rating was 49%, the highest since last june. It also said it had went up 6%. The biggest move up in his presidency. So why am I now confused by these two polls that seem to say just the opposite? Poll results have a lot to do with how a question is asked and the arbitrary randomness of the people asked. Could it be that the Wall Street/NBC poll is skewed more to the right than Bloomberg? Who knows. I’m starting to lose my faith in polls.

    Reply
    1. Independent1 March 13, 2014

      Absolutely, the WSJ and NBC are both right-wing biased organizations like the Gallup Polls. I wouldn’t believe any of those 3 for two seconds. This article is based on a biased, worthless poll created purely for political purposes – to try and sway people’s opinions. I still believe strongly that a law should be passed outlawing the publishing of politically oriented polls within 6 months of an election.

      Reply
      1. Ethan Allen March 14, 2014

        Oh come on! The WSJ is certainly conservative, but NBC? NBC is about as “right-wing based” as the Huffington Post! MSNBC is part of NBC. Is that outfit conservative too? Obama is our President, not our Dear Leader! He has done some good things and some not so good things during the past five years – his serial lying about some important aspects of the Affordable Heath Care Act from 2009 to 2012 certainly comes to mind.

        Reply
        1. Independent1 March 14, 2014

          Was it not NBC that falsely aired that special which tried to enflame the Benghazi fake scandal by claiming they had someone who was supposedly there who was easily proved to be a fake?? And NBC is clearly not totally supportive of liberals – even right-wing biased organizations will air programs that appear to be “balanced” for nothing more than cover so when they come out with in fact biased reports people such as yourself will assume they’re being reported by a “balanced” organization. Sorry – but I still find it hard to believe that Murdoch would have allowed WSJ to partner with any group that is actually not somewhat right-wing biased – I’m not saying they’re as right-wing biased as the WSJ – but they’re biased enough to go along with some right-wing construed polls. (Am I wrong but wasn’t NBC also one of those organizations that went along with claiming that Romney would win in a landslide??)

          Sorry if I’m fuzzy on all this but I don’t own a TV and only listen to WBZ in Boston for their news on the radio.

          Reply
          1. Ethan Allen March 14, 2014

            We could play this game all day. It was NBC that doctored Zimmerman’s 911 tape to give the impression of racial profiling – probably the most egregious act of tampering by a major news outlet in recent years. The “fair and balanced thing” cuts both ways too. Even MSNBC occasionally tosses us some unfavorable opinion on President Obama or other Democrats. Overall I would place NBC as left-center.

            Reply
  8. 1standlastword March 13, 2014

    The facts of Obama’ ethnicity and that he followed Bush are the chief reasons for his unpopularity IMHO.

    If Obama came after Clinton he would likely be deemed a national hero at this juncture in his presidency

    Reply
  9. Bryan Blake March 13, 2014

    The only poll that counts is the votes cast by those on election day. Here in Texas the Republicans, through their so-called “Voter ID Law”, are doing their best to rig the game in their favor by denying to vote to as many as they can. Those facing new difficulties in voting are the ones that Republicans believe will vote in favor of Democrats. So even election day will not be representative of the view and will of the people here in Texas (and other states).

    So the hell with polls. Democrats need to “get out the vote” like it is a presidential election year. Do we really want to wind up with the GOP in control of the Congress and the Presidency in 2016? Been there, done that. This time it would be much worse since the Tea Party wags the dog.

    Reply
    1. Billie March 13, 2014

      Bryan, we need to get out and register people to vote. Then we need to see that they get to the polls. In 2008 I volunteered my van to go pick up people and take them to the polls. Not one taker.

      Reply
      1. Allan Richardson March 13, 2014

        Republicans today are the American Taliban, and just as bad (except for the stoning and beheading part — but with enough power that will follow as it did in Spain in 1492). Be very afraid NOT to vote, even in the minor elections, for the best alternative … which would be even the worst Democrat!

        Reply
      2. Bryan Blake March 13, 2014

        Billie, I agree.

        Reply
        1. Billie March 13, 2014

          Here in Victoria we have been trying to get people registered. We can win this if people will just vote. Of course, then republicans will claim voter fraud if we won. It is so frustrating when Dems don’t vote.

          Reply
        2. marysolvel March 14, 2014

          I do too!

          Reply
    2. Bryan Blake March 13, 2014

      As we all know most of the GOP base is comprised of far right wind Christian extremist. Their reverends constantly direct the congregations to vote GOP because the Democratic Party is actually spelled Devilcratic Party and that is why they are always fired up to walk across fire and brimstone to get to the polls.

      Reply
      1. Independent1 March 13, 2014

        And sadly leading their flocks to damnation voting for candidates in the Devil’s own party.

        Reply
      2. joe schmo March 13, 2014

        Jesus Christ, nothing is furthest from the truth. Of course we know your side is comprised of far left, communist, atheist extremists. Give me a break.

        Reply
        1. Independent1 March 14, 2014

          You better pull out your bible their boy and show me where it says that Jesus approves of people who love money above everything else. People who will vote for paying billions in subsidies to companies making billions in profit and then vote in legislation that cuts funding for programs that benefit the needy.
          Go ahead!! Let me see you find one word Jesus said that would ever let him be even remotely associated with a party that is filled with nothing but the equivalent of the Italian Mafia hellbent on find every way possible that they can steal the American taxpayers blind..
          Go ahead, let’s see you find something on that in the bible. You know where you’ll find it, when it says that when Jesus returns, God will round up all the trash like the GOP and throw them into the fire. That’s where you’ll find it – all the Devil worhippers together.

          Reply
          1. idamag March 14, 2014

            Greed is one of the seven deadly sins.

            Reply
  10. elw March 13, 2014

    Oh, please! This is one poll and means nothing unless you look at the trends and compare its results with the other major polls. The Wall Street Journal/ NBC poll is Right leaning and always seems to show lower Democratic ratings than others.

    Reply
  11. Allan Richardson March 13, 2014

    The headline quotes the ONE poll that shows his ratings falling, but the article acknowledges, AT THE BOTTOM, that a few other polls disagree. As for the WSJ/NBC poll, I would suspect that WSJ is the SENIOR partner and made up the questions and the polling methodology. And who owns the WSJ now? Newscorp, whose top two shareholders are (1) a naturalized U.S. citizen from Australia who started with, and continues to run, tabloids there and in the UK and US, whose initials are Rupert Murdock, and (2) even though Muslims are supposed to be the “bad guys,” a Saudi prince.

    Reply
  12. FredAppell March 13, 2014

    Polls can be manipulated so they can’t be counted on for too much accuracy. Personally, I like Barak Obama, he is a good man but some of his policies should be questioned. I try not to be too harsh when judging him because he may in fact be dealing with the most belligerent congress in the modern age which is why I’m not particularly enamored with all his decision
    making. He tries too hard to make concessions with people that would much rather ruin him…that has caused some of his base to question their continued support for him. It’s also a natural phenomenon and a historic fact that presidents generally don’t poll well in their second terms, add that to a terrible, on going economic crises and perpetual war since 2001 and it’s easy to see why his popularity is low. People are looking for a scapegoat and presidents tend to fill that roll quite nicely. Some is deserved, some isn’t but IMHO history will judge president Obama much more favorably as it should.
    Besides, he still has 3 years left and he is becoming more adept at politics.

    Reply
    1. Independent1 March 13, 2014

      My sense is that he often capitulates on issues because he wants so badly to get things going to make things better for Americans. I’ve lived through quite a number of presidents – I vaguely remember listening to FDR on the radio. And Obama is without question the most dedicated president I’ve lived under who is constantly trying to find ways to make things better for the country. And as with you, I’m not always pleased with his decisions, but I think he makes them honestly trying to work things out with the absolutely most obstructionist congress that any president has been asked to work with.

      Reply
      1. FredAppell March 13, 2014

        I feel that way too. Unfortunately for him, he has been put in an impossible situation with no easy solutions. We have no one to blame but ourselves for that. Not enough people realize how important the senatorial and congressional races are, that’s the key to everything and that information needs to get out but most people tune out after the presidential elections, except for us political junkies.

        Reply
  13. toptwome March 13, 2014

    President Obama will endure and triumph because he is the honest and decent man working for this nation. The GOP are the vicious deceitful party that really does have hate and arrogance toward anyone who has not become wealthy and is not a republican.

    Reply
  14. old_blu March 14, 2014

    It’s still higher than the dismal 13% the house has.
    Obama’s ratings are so bad.
    I don’t think I’m voting for him next time.

    Reply
  15. Henry Avellaneda March 14, 2014

    Polls go up and down but Obama is not up and will not run again….congress is! It is clear the economy could be doing a lot better but we also know that this due to the least productive and worst congress in the history of the country control by the Republicans. This year people will not forget that and the democrats will win the house again!

    Reply
  16. lemstoll March 14, 2014

    Here is the real poll that counts. 79% DISAPPROVE GOP House.

    Reply
    1. Jacqueline Onukwugha March 14, 2014

      Thank you!

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.