The latest Fox News poll shows the president’s approval-disapproval rating underwater. Forty-five percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing while 46 percent disapprove, making this his lowest approval for the year so far.
But the really alarming news for the president is this: Voters are more than twice as likely to say the economy is getting worse than to say it is getting better. The poll found that 58 percent of voters think the economy is getting worse while only 26 percent think things are getting better economically. In addition, by a 15 percentage-point margin, more voters say the Obama administration has made the economy worse (49 percent) rather than better (34 percent).
This is the economy Obama’s senior aide David Plouffe admits the president “owns” – and the economy which Obama himself says he will be judged on.
Meanwhile, 58-percent of those polled believe it’s unfair for President Obama to continue to blame former President George W. Bush for the country’s economic problems, with an even larger majority of independents (61 percent) saying the same thing. Even 28 percent of Democrats think it is unfair for Obama to keep blaming Bush.
Welcome to Barack Obama’s summer of discontent.