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Obama Approval Rating Sinks To All-Time Low

Submitted by on June 24, 2010 – 3:12 pm15 Comments

Americans are losing their trust in President Barack Obama’s leadership and are unenthusiastic about the state of this country, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Rapidly increasing concern over the Gulf oil spill, combined with fear of its effect on the economy and the environment, has American citizens looking for more government control over the oil industry.

According to the survey, a majority of adults are in favor of stricter oil industry regulation, as their fears regarding the Gulf oil spill—and its effect on the environment and economy—continue to grow.

Per the survey:

–Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election.

–Just one-third think the economy will get better over the next year, a 7-point drop from a month ago and the low point of Mr. Obama’s tenure.

This is the first time in Obama’s presidential tenure where more people disapprove of his job performance than approve. To add to the plummeting numbers, 57 percent of voters surveyed would rather elect a new person than re-elect their current local representative, the high share in 18 years.

Pollsters attribute voter dissatisfaction with increasing frustration over the oil spill and the economy. Optimism that may have existed has been squashed by the oil spill. It is believed “it would take an enormous and seismic event to change the drift of these powerful forces before November.”

Seventeen percent of Democrats disapprove of Obama’s job performance (the highest level in his presidency). Independent voters are fleeing his camp. Approval among Hispanics, white women, seniors and small-town residents is waning, too. Africans-American remains supportive, with 91 percent approving of his work thus far.

For some of those polled, Obama has becoming increasingly unrelatable. The oil spill—and his perceived lack of involvement in the cleanup—coupled with the current state of a sour economy have darkened views of his leadership style. All this has me asking: Where does Obama go from here?

For the Democratic National Committee, the next step is campaigning and they’re spending $50 million to lure Obama voters back to the party and the polls. But is campaigning enough?

Participants in this poll want less talk, more action. More communication regarding cleanup efforts in the Gulf and what’s being done to improve the state of the struggling economy. Two-thirds of those surveyed want stricter regulation of the oil companies. Most desire stronger regulation of major corporations including health insurers and Wall Street firms. Add to that list increasing support of legislation to reduce carbon emission while increasing the use of both alternative and renewable energy sources and it seems Obama has plenty of opportunity to give the American people change they can believe in.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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