If he's hobbled in hopeless California, it would follow that the president is limping along nationally, wouldn't it? Yes it would. McClatchy's latest national poll measures an Obama approval "plunge:"
Stung by Americans’ persistent worries about the economy and a capital gripped by controversy and gridlock, President Barack Obama is suffering his lowest job approval numbers in nearly two years, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. The plummeting numbers – still higher than those of Congress – come after weeks of rising gasoline prices, revelations about domestic spying and turmoil in the Middle East. The disappointing results come as the White House this week looks to turn the national conversation back to the economy. Obama will deliver the first of a series of speeches Wednesday aimed at offering his vision for boosting economic growth ... Overall, the poll found Obama’s job approval at 41 percent last week, a sharp drop from April’s 50 percent and his worst showing in the poll since 39 percent in September 2011.
On the economy, Obama is underwater at 45/49 just as he goes on a talking tour about the subject … without any policies to push. That’s down from 48/48 two months ago, and 50/47 at the beginning of the year. He gets a weak split on immigration, 43/44, down from 46/41 in May and 49/43 in February. Speaking of which, the country isn’t terribly impressed with his preferred comprehensive immigration reform from the Senate. That only gets a 46/44 support, while taking the piece-by-piece approach in the House wins by more than 20 points at 53/32. Even Hispanic voters split relatively evenly on the latter option, according to the analysis from pollster Langer Research. John Boehner won’t run many electoral risks by going one step at a time. Perhaps this might explain the relative bounty of approval that Congress reaped from respondents in this survey? Finally, ObamaCare still proves to be unpopular as its due date approaches. It’s nearly back to its all-time low in this series at 42% approval (39% in 2009 was the low-water mark for WaPo/ABC), and 49% opposing.
We have our lowest national Obama approval numbers since right after the first debate this month— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) July 22, 2013
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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