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Bloomberg Poll: Obama's Approval Rating at All-Time Low

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Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 10:26 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald


President Barack Obama's approval rating has sunk to a new low of 44 percent, according to a Bloomberg News poll.

The rating absorbed a major hit on the Taliban prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and  other issues, putting Obama's approval near what it was at the end of 2013 after the botched Obamacare rollout.

The poll conducted from June 6 to 9 found that in addition to the Bergdahl issue, respondents also disapprove of Obama's performance on the economy, by 57 percent; healthcare by 58 percent; the budget deficit, by 63 percent; on negotiating with House Republicans, by 55 percent; and the Veterans Affairs wait list scandal by 51 percent. Another 51 percent disapproved on the Bergdahl issue.

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“In the past, Obama’s likeability has stayed ahead of perceptions of job performance," said J. Ann Selzer, founder of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, told Bloomberg. "It appears he is no longer likeable enough."

While immigration was blamed for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning loss to challenger Dave Brat on Tuesday, immigration isn't the major issue on most people's minds, according to the Bloomberg poll.

Only 6 percent of the poll's respondents said immigration reform is the most important issue facing the United States. Jobs topped the list, at 28 percent, followed by health care at 17 percent; declining incomes at 16 percent and the federal deficit, at 13 percent, reports The Wall Street Journal

Meanwhile, 58 percent of the poll's 1,005 respondents said the United States is in decline as a world leader, but half of them don't hold Obama at fault. Still, 46 percent said Obama is weak and foreign leaders are challenging him. The Bloomberg poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

"The president isn’t a military leader, he’s never served,” said Pat Richardson of Simi Valley, California, told Bloomberg. "I have a feeling he didn’t consult with anyone in the military before he decided to take this action, to release five extremely dangerous people, three of whom have said they’re going to come back at the U.S. already. To put them in luxury in Qatar? Please."

Obama scored his lowest numbers on the federal deficit. Sixty-three percent disapproved of how the president is handling the deficit, and only 33 percent approve with how he negotiates with the Republican-dominated House.

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