President Obama was swept into office by a tidal wave of support from a diverse coalition comprised of white Democrats, women, independents, Hispanics, Jews, and African-Americans.
Amid the din of "Yes, we can!" chants, it seemed that nothing could bring the history-making president down. But now, with his policies largely unpopular and his inability to goose economic growth increasingly apparent, Obama's once powerful political coalition is imploding.
On Election Day 2008, Obama won the largest share of white support of any Democrat in a two-man race since 1976, according to Politico. Today, however, that group is abandoning him in droves. A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted this month reveals that only 40 percent of whites approve of the job the president is doing. Worse yet, these cracks have penetrated his own base: Among white Democrats, approval on the economy is down since April from 80 percent to 60 percent.
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