A new poll gives President Obama an overall approval rating of 44%, with 48% of respondents disapproving of his performance.
In late May, the Quinnipiac University national poll gave Obama similar ratings — 45% approval, 49% disapproval.
“President Barack Obama is in a slump, under water for the last two surveys,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Obama does get a positive rating — 52% approval to 43% disapproval — for his handling of terrorism, and a 46%-45% split for his handling of Afghanistan, Quinnipiac reported.
Others issues generate negative ratings for the president: Syria (33%-48%), immigration (41%-50%), and the economy (41%-55%).
Also from Quinnipiac: “Voters say 50-44% that Obama is honest and trustworthy; 52-46% that he has strong leadership qualities and 52-45% that he cares about their needs.”
“His negative ratings come at the same time that voters are becoming more optimistic about the economy, saying 35-22% that it’s improving, with 43% saying it’s unchanged. Voter optimism about the economy usually helps presidential approval numbers.
“Generally, voters don’t seem happy with some of the president’s policies, but they still give him majority support on his personal characteristics such as honesty and leadership. They also trust Obama more than Republicans 44-38%, to fix the economy. This compares to a 43-43% split on this measure May 30.”
source: USA today