Obama’s slide parallels that of his predecessor,
The president's job approval numbers hit a high point in December and have slid steadily since then, with 41% now approving of his performance in office and 53% disapproving, the new survey shows. He has lost ground across the board, including among fellow Democrats. Although his approval in his party still stands at a healthy 78%, that represents a drop of 10 percentage points over the past year.
Among self-described independents, approval of Obama has dropped faster and further, with only 32% saying they approve of his job performance, down from 53% in December 2012.
As has been true almost throughout Obama's presidency, the numbers divide sharply by race. In the latest survey, whites disapproved of Obama's performance by 2-1, while blacks support him overwhelmingly, 82%-12%. Latinos also approve by a large, 60%-32%, majority. At the beginning of the year, whites were more closely divided while Latinos approved of Obama's job performance 78%-15%.
On specific issues, the sharpest drop in Obama’s approval ratings comes in his handling of healthcare. Amid the botched rollout of his signature
But perhaps of greater concern to the
Obama also gets a sharply negative rating on his handling of immigration, with 32% approving and 60% disapproving. His efforts to pass
The only bright spot in his ratings come on dealing with the threat of terrorism, where 51% approve and 44% disapprove. By contrast, only 34% approve of his overall handling of foreign policy, with 56% disapproving.