Politics

Obama’s job approval ratings hit new low

C.J. Ciaramella Contributor

President Obama’s job approval hit a new low today, according to the latest Gallup poll.

How low? Lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon wheel rut. Only 26 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, to be exact. (RELATED: Obama to give major jobs speech in September)

The new low is a drop of 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in May and well below his previous low of 35 percent in November 2010.

Obama earned similarly low approval for his handling of the federal budget deficit (24 percent) and creating jobs (29 percent). His approval ratings on Afghanistan and foreign affairs also sunk by 15 points and 9 points, respectively.

“History will remember this period for the messy political debate in Washington over the debt ceiling, followed by distress on Wall Street and tragedy in Afghanistan,” Gallup wrote on its website. “How much each of these factors is responsible for the overall decline in Obama’s approval rating is unclear. But Americans’ unhappiness with each of them is reflected in recent declines in Obama’s specific job ratings for the economy, the federal budget deficit, and various foreign policy measures, as well as in his markedly low rating for creating jobs.”