Thursday, June 19, 2014

Obama Approval Collapses as Fast as Mosul

Movement in public opinion can be a great danger to politicians and the President’s approval rating is falling as fast as Mosul. His Real Clear Politics average approval was 44 percent on June 1st and dropped to 42 percent June 18, with the most recent Gallup polling (6-18) placing it at 41 percent with a 54 percent negative and a 13 point negative difference.

Foreign policy, which was not expected to be an issue in the 2014 election or even a major focus of this administration (but for ending all combat operations), is now consuming the administration’s limited reserve of credibility and adding to the Democrats considerate burdens in the 2014 election.

The President’s weak foreign policy approval numbers (38%) now rival his poor economic performance approval and both are helping sink his overall approval.

The President’s foreign policy and national security teams are on the defensive with calls for their ouster. They were surprised by the Ukraine and now Iraq and largely play catch up. Add the prisoner trade and VA mismanagement, and even the President’s core base of approval appears to be eroding.

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