According to a new national poll, Obama’s approval rating dropped to 45%.
Obama has struggled to avoid multiple scandals in his second term, which some critics have described as a pattern of abuses far greater than the Watergate scandal which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
According to the CNN/ORC International survey, fully 61% of independents disapprove of Obama’s performance. Within the past month alone, Obama’s approval rating dropped eight percentage points among all surveyed. Even more worrying for the president’s administration, is a 17 point decline in individuals under 30, who have traditionally been most loyal to the president.
Currently, the Obama administration is struggling to handle an increasing number of scandals. This list is long and includes, among others, ethical failings from the lingering “Fast and Furious” investigations, the Benghazi inquiries, concerns over the so called “Pigford” abuse, potential abuses of power in the Obama administration’s IRS, and potential intimidation of journalists by Eric Holder’s department of Justice.
Obama has also defended the NSA’s so called “PRISM” surveillance program revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which has drawn criticism by many, as a program which could be in violation of the US Constitution’s 4th amendment, which defends the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
At the time of Monday’s survey, fully 54% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance.