Obama Approval Rating Drops On Economy, Immigration

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 08: US President Barack Obama speaks during an Economic Address at The Port Of New Orleans on Nove
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 08: US President Barack Obama speaks during an Economic Address at The Port Of New Orleans on November 8, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Obama is pushing for money to modernize the port as part of improving infrastructure to create job growth. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama's approval rating has continued to drop during his second term, according to a Pew Research survey released Friday.

The poll found Obama's approval rating to be just 41 percent, down 11 points since January.

The decline in the president's rating this year has been more gradual than abrupt. Obama's numbers have declined across a variety of issues. His rating on immigration dropped significantly in the past six months, falling from 43 percent in June to 32 percent today. His approval rating on the economy, which had hovered in the low 40s for most of this year, is now at 31 percent -- the lowest received by Obama or any of his three presidential predecessors, according to Pew.

His approval on health care is at a record low of 37 percent, slightly below where it stood during the 2010 battle over passing the Affordable Care Act. His rating on foreign policy, a winning issue for him until this year, is now at just 34 percent, little changed from September. A bare majority still approves of the way Obama has handled the threat of terrorism, the poll found -- the only issue tested for which he did not earn a negative rating.

The downward trend in presidential approval ratings is not without precedent.

"Obama’s second-term job ratings have followed a similar downward trajectory as those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. A year after his reelection, 36 percent approved of Bush’s job performance, down from 48 percent in December 2004," according to the Pew Research report. "In contrast, the two prior presidents who won reelection -- Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan -- enjoyed positive ratings over the course of the next year."

The results align with other recent polling. An NBC/Wall Street Journal survey released in late October put Obama's approval at an "all-time low."

Pew Research surveyed 2,003 adults between Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, using live phone interviews.



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