When Barack Obama was re-elected last November, it was with some of the lowest approval ratings for a sitting president since ratings were kept. They ranged anywhere from 49% to as low as 45%.
Earlier this year, the White House started getting some Americans believing their false reports of economic and job recovery. In response to the public’s gullibility, Obama’s approval ratings slowly climbed back up over the 50% mark. By mid-May his approval ratings were up to 53%.
Then the IRS, DOJ and NSA scandals were unveiled to the people and in a month span, President Obama experienced one of the greatest drops in approval ratings history. He went from 53% approving of his job to 45%, a drop of 8% in one month in the latest CNN/ORC International poll. Not only did his approval ratings crash, but a surprising 54% said that they disapproved of how Obama was doing his job.
Keating Holland, Director of CNN Polls explained:
“The White House has been under siege over telephone and Internet surveillance, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, its handling of the terror attack on the U.S. consular post in Benghazi, Libya, and the Justice Department’s collecting journalists’ phone records as part of the government’s investigation into leaks of classified information.”
“It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well.”
One of the groups that have been supportive of Obama and his fellow liberal Democrats is the under 30 years of age group. However, when they realized that he was spying on their phone calls, emails and internet usage, the under 30 group’s approval ratings of the president dropped by 17%.
“The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition.”
Another fairly loyal group of voters are the Independents. They traditionally tend to vote with Democrats more than with Republicans. Obama’s approval rating among this group fell by 10% from 47% to 37%. Independents’ disapproval ratings of Obama jumped 12% from 49% to 61%.
The precipitous drop in approval ratings among the under 30 and Independent groups should be cause for concern for Democrats. The 2014 midterm elections are already starting to heat up in some areas and such a significant downturn in support from these two groups could spell defeat for a number of Democrats across the land. Considering the facts that Republicans only have to regain 6 seats in the Senate to wrestle control away from the Democrats, these drops in Obama’s approval rating could prove to be very helpful to the GOP.
Just imagine a GOP controlled House and Senate (which also means no more Harry Reid as Majority Leader) versus President Obama. If by some chance this occurs come next November, I predict two things will happen. Obama will veto most everything that crosses his desk and he will issue executive orders like there is no tomorrow. If you thought Obama has acted illegally since taking office, just wait and see how much more illegal actions he’ll try to take if the GOP wins back the Senate.
A Republican controlled Senate could mean the repeal of Obamacare and the impeachment of Obama. Now that would be a great day.