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Published On: Thu, Jun 20th, 2013

New poll shows President Obama losing young voters, more Americans disapprove than disapprove

CNN released a new poll showing a dramatic nine-point drop in President Obama’s approval ratings fueled primarily by the shocking 17 point decline by Americans under age 30.

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This is the first time since 2011 that more Americans disapprove of the President than approve, according to CNN tracking. Also, first time since Obama has taken office in 2008, only a minority of Americans feel Obama is trustworthy and honest.

The poll places Obama’s current approval rating at 45 percent, which quickly dropped from 53 percent in mid-May. In addition, 54 percent of respondents specifically disapprove of how Obama is conducting affairs.

“The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

These numbers are incredibly discouraging for Democrats, who have felt in recent years that they have a lock on the youth vote.

Approval among independent voters significantly dropped as well by 10 points, from 47 percent to 37 percent.

“The White House has been under siege over telephone and Internet surveillance, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, its handling of the terror attack on the U.S. consular post in Benghazi, Libya, and the Justice Department’s collecting journalists’ phone records as part of the government’s investigation into leaks of classified information,” CNN reported.

“It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well,” Holland told the network.

The poll also found:

  • A slight majority disapproves of the actions of the man who leaked the NSA documents. A majority of respondents also believe Edward Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong, should be brought back to the United States and prosecuted.
  • Six in 10 disapprove of how Obama is handling government surveillance of U.S. citizens. That’s higher than the 52 percent who disapproved of George W. Bush on the same issue in 2006, when government surveillance was also in the headlines.
  • Obama’s approval rating on terrorism, although still above 50 percent, has taken a 13-point hit since mid-May.
  • The president’s approval rating on domestic issues like the economy, immigration and the deficit dropped by 2 to 4 points, within the poll’s sampling error.

Sources: CNN

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    RECENTLY, I WATCHED A C-SPAN VIDEO OF THE KENYAN’S TRIP TO GERMANY’S Brandenburg Gate. IN HER INTRODUCTION OF THE KENYAN, German Chancellor Angela Merkel SPENT MOST OF HER TIME APPLAUDING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF Presidents John Fitzgerald Kennedy AND Ronald Reagan; AND, APPLAUDING AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC/MILITARY-AID DURING GERMANY’S RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD AFTER World War II. THE ONLY THING Chancellor Merkel HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE KENYAN WAS MENTION AN INSIGNIFICANT QUOTE HE MADE DURING HIS TRIP TO GERMANY IN 2008.

    IN THIS C-SPAN VIDEO, THE “OPEN-AIR” CROWD WAS SHOWN. THE CAMERA-PERSON MADE A POINT TO SHOWCASE A NEGRO MALE AND A SOUTHEAST-ASIAN [“Oriental”] FEMALE IN ATTENDANCE.

    MY POINT IS, STATISTICIANS KNOW DEMOGRAPHY IS CHANGING, BUT, THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. THIS CNN Poll DOES NOT INDICATE A RACIAL BREAKDOWN; National Security Agency’s surveillance program – WHICH UTILIZES SOCIAL MEDIA – GOES TO THE HEART OF WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE CARE ABOUT. RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES DO NOT “CATCH-THE-EYE” OF YOUNG PEOPLE; SO, IF THE KENYAN HAS STARTED TO “TURN-THEM-OFF,” THEN, THAT MEANS “GRASSROOTS” ORGANIZATIONS HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO BEFORE THE 2014 ELECTION.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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