The latest NBC News/WSJ Poll released Wednesday morning was nothing short of a disaster for President Obama. A majority of Americans (54%) believe Obama is no longer able to lead the country (42% believe he is still able). Additionally while the public is divided 50%/50% on the question of whether the overall administration is competently managing he federal govt. those numbers are slightly less than the Bush administration at approximately the same time in his tenure (53%/46%).
Obama’s overall approval rating fell back to his all time low of only 41% approving of the job Obama is doing as POTUS. And number of people believing the country is heading in the right direction continued to decline, only 25% believe the U.S. is going the right way.
One of Obama’s selling points in the 2012 election was his handling of foreign policy. The poll reflects a loss of approval for the President’s handling of foreign policy. Disapproval of Obama’s foreign policy grew from 53% to 57%. Note: the poll was in the field between June 11-15 which means some of it was done before Iraq became a major issue.
In the past even when the Job approval for Obama has fallen, his overall rating stayed high indicating that “we” liked him as a person. Since just before the 2012 election however, the President’s overall rating has been in free fall to where it stands now, 20% feel very positive about Obama (21% somewhat positive), 31% are very negative (14% somewhat negative).
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Hillary Clinton’s ratings have fallen a bit also. 44% have a very or somewhat positive view of the former Secretary of State, 37% very or somewhat negative view. In April, the last time this poll asked, those rating were 48% and 32%. And surprisingly only 38% say the will probably or almost certainly vote for her if she runs in 2016.
In other key Obama issues 59% of Americans oppose closing Gitmo and by a plurality of 44%-30% voters disagree with the Bergdahl prisoner exchange.
In some of these categories there is the beginnings of a trend and those trends are not good for the President and Ms. Clinton. But then again it’s a long way to the 2014 mid-terms and an even longer way to the 2016 elections.
The full results are embedded below:
Ed Morrissey adds his point of view of the results here at Hot Air