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Obama's Approval Ratings Still at All-Time Low

Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 04:51 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

President Barack Obama's approval numbers are matching his all-time previous lowest rating, with Gallup's daily poll putting his numbers at at 39 percent positive to 54 percent negative.

The numbers are just slightly worse than his previous low in March, when he scored 39 percent positive and 55 percent negative, as Americans have had plenty of issues on which to base their opinions, reports Breitbart, citing the immigration crisis, foreign policy procedures on Israel, Russia, and Ukraine, and his reaction to the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17.

Obama has never been able to return anywhere near his highest-ever marks, recorded at 70 percent approval  in February 2009, shortly after his first inauguration. And starting in 2010, just a year after taking office, Obama has most often been under the 50 percent approval mark. Gallup has not measured him at a 50 percent approval rating since April 2013.

The Gallup numbers came in just slightly lower than a similar CNN poll this week that placed Obama's approval ratings at 42 percent.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said it does not appear that Obama's ratings dropped because of the current issues, "in part because his numbers already took that hit last year, and have stabilized since then."

Obama's ratings are not good, Holland concurred, "but the clear indication is that the President's problems pre-date the current immigration crisis along the Mexican border, or anything else that has happened this summer, and that those problems have not made things significantly worse for the President."

Such low approval ratings do not bode well for potential Democratic candidates heading into the 2016 race, and prospective frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been slowly distancing herself from President Barack Obama as she appears to be moving closer to announcing her own presumed 2016 presidential candidacy, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Clinton has suggested in her speeches that she would do more to work with Republicans than Obama has done, and be more assertive when it comes to global issues. Meanwhile, she has also been pessimistic about the economy, saying Americans "don't think the economy has recovered in a way that has helped them or their families."

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