Obama Popularity Plunges To New Low: "No Longer Likeable Enough"

Tyler Durden's picture

A stunning 64% of Americans say the country is on the wrong track as President Obama's recent actions (too numerous to list) have sent his approval rating plunging to a mere 44% - the lowest (according to a Bloomberg poll) since his Presidency began. Under the surface the picture is even more worrisome as "in the past, Obama’s likeability has stayed ahead of perceptions of job performance," as his 'charm' saved him from his apparent ineptitude, but now, "it appears he is no longer likeable enough."


As Bloomberg reports, here are the highlights (or lowlights) of the survey...

President Barack Obama’s favorability ratings hit the lowest point of his presidency in a Bloomberg National Poll, with just 44 percent of Americans saying they have positive feelings about him.


Fifty-seven percent disapprove of his management of the economy, with just 38 percent approving.


58 percent say the U.S. is in decline as a world leader,


The No. 1 concern for Americans continues to be unemployment and jobs.


Americans feel similarly negative about Obama’s handling of the alleged mismanagement of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides medical care to more than 8.3 million veterans. Fifty-one percent disapproved of Obama’s management of the matter. Sixteen percent said they aren’t sure how they feel.


Only 31 percent approved of how Obama handled the prisoner swap and 51 percent didn’t, 18 percent said they aren’t sure how they feel.

And ironcially, as Russian President Vladimitr Putin's approval rating his record highs...

Americans seem less certain about Obama’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. While 31 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove, 23 percent aren’t sure how they feel.

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order66's picture

Going to get even worse if ES trades below yesterday's low much longer.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

The Millennials are going to abandon their dear leader and the Democraps. Since they won't vote Repugnican, who will get the vote (assuming they don't stop voting all together)?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Diebold will tell us who gets the vote!  Point of accuracy, Obama was NEVER actually likeable.  It is the seemliness of likeability that these spin doctors must address in order to convey the illusion of plausibility in the election result.

taketheredpill's picture



Why didn't Diebold kneecap Brat?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Perhaps they have new masters.  Regime change is in the air, among other things.

doomandbloom's picture

I have great HOPE in Hillary! (  hyuk, hyuk)

Manthong's picture

It seems to me that the US is in the exact same place as Mosul, except substitute Hispanics for Al CIAda.

Headbanger's picture

We should just trade Obama to the Taliban for something moar useful like a camel!

CCanuck's picture

Camels of the world say NO, they do have some self-esteem

StacksOnStacks's picture

Then he'd finally be "hung"!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boy king popularity is reach new low of 44%. Boris is predict can only fall so far. What is percentage black population in AmeriKa?

g speed's picture

depending on the shade -that could be 20-25%--

Hopeless for Change's picture

The Free Shit Army is at least 47%, so he has already lost some of them.

corporatewhore's picture

HRH is still recovering from: a) her illness b) being broke when she left the white house c)face lifts.

Can the democrats have the wherewithal to nominate the populist Elizabeth Warren?  But it is really not relevant who is nominated because whoever gets in has so much shit to deal with you'd have to be nuts to want the job.

KickIce's picture

Agree, it will take a full overhaul before anything productive/beneficial gets done for the average American.


OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

I puke into my mouth a little every time I think of Hilary for prez. Pleee-aa-se Oh Gods of the Universe tell me it's not so,,,,,

wallstreetaposteriori's picture

When is this disaster of president going to get impeached?  Americans are truly apathetic these days.

Pure Evil's picture

Well, jeeze, what the fuck do you want us to do?

I got out of bed this morning.

Isn't that enough?

CCanuck's picture

No....PE levels are falling, we need moar!

SofaPapa's picture

Impeachment is a process that occurs within the "elected" bodies.  Given that it has now been shown, even in the academic white towers


that the US is oligarchic in nature and that our "elected" bodies no longer represent the population of the country, these two sentences do not go together very well.

Americans are apathetic, I agree.  But when the time comes for the population to replace the current power structure (of whom the president is only the most visible symbol, without as much influence as your comment might suggest), that change is not going to come through the political process that we have known for the past 149 years.  Calculate the year that I am referring to with that number, and you will see that I am not optimistic that a "political" solution that maintains the current government structure will be possible any longer.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

It's gotten so bad in America at this point that we would need to revolt to ever achieve this result.  Since many are like me and would prefer to not leave my two little kids fatherless, it's not likely to happen without some outside catalyst.  That said, if they fail to keep the plates spinning, or simply knock the plates off, it could happen.

I've been saying for years I believe the plan is to crash things and use Obama as the fall guy.  It's just too easy to do at this point.

nope-1004's picture

After reading this, the only thing that came to my mind was what any good politician in free-fall would do:  Cue Don't Stop Believing by Journey and play it over and over on CNN.


maskone909's picture

thanks man i could use the laughs today

tradebot's picture

I don't see how his approval rating is that high...I'm confused, are there that many useful idiots in the country?

Pure Evil's picture

No, just like during elections when Democrats vote multiple times or get their dog to vote.

They just call the same agreeable idiot multiple times.

Pollster on phone: Fido, you think Obama' doing a good job don't cha?

Fido heard over the phone: Woof!

Pollster on phone: Ok, I'll mark that down as a yes.

JRobby's picture

Calculated by the same "team" that calculates CPI, Unemployment, GDP etc..................

Freddie's picture

It is all kabuki with a slow grind to serfdom.  You might actually get someone like Rand Paul and think things will get better.  Until you get to the bankster families and oligarchs who have been running the show since easily the 1600s in Europe then not much will change.

daveO's picture

The district is 74% white, suburban and rural. Those Diebolds are used mostly around highly populated urban areas where they're needed to flip elections. 

Pladizow's picture

44% you say?

Right around the same % of Americans that rely on Obummer handouts - what a mystery!

philipat's picture

Yes, but they are trying to get it back over 50% with the new Student Loan "Forgiveness". What a shit show this has become?

uno's picture

all these idiots don't realize how bad they are being played, 0.0001% never had it better

SofaPapa's picture

Of the students whom he is trying to buy off with this shameless pandering, any who received a genuine education will recognize the ploy for what it is.  Sadly, many will have graduated (or not) with no education AND will believe that he "really cares about them". [retching...]

Anasteus's picture

I couldn't find any approval rating regarding liberty status in the list. Not relevant anymore?

SafelyGraze's picture


try cleaning up with double-deodorant soap from the 70s


also maybe a wrestling match

mister putin 

duo's picture

Just listening to Obama speak makes me want to take a shower.

djcando's picture

Makes me want to squat!

James-Morrison's picture

We bought an Obama-Blocker for our TVs and Radios from RadioShack.

You can select what tunes to play when he is on the air.

Can't wait to try the App.

Monty Burns's picture

Obama was NEVER actually likeable


True.  The average drone out there assesses likeability on the basis of what the MSM show him.  Remember GW Bush was supposed to be likeable as well.  Obama is the ultimate supreme narcissist whose only criterion for anything is how it affects him personally.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

My children, both millennials, do not vote after explaining why it is pointless today. I had wished someone would have done so for me 35 years ago. The system is not fixable now and the only solution is scrapping it though I shudder at the process. The millennials main problem is being born at an unfortunate time.


bh2's picture

Beyond being simply pointless (which is true), it is immoral to participate in making a decision which can only produce a repulsive result.

And yes, tragically corrupt and powerful institutions eventually must be replaced because they simply cannot be reformed. There is a tipping point beyond which quality of leadership simply no longer matters. (Marcus Aurelius was arguably the finest and least corrupt of all Roman emperors but the die was cast long, long before he came to power.)

Woodyg's picture

Don't Vote - the more the Non voting percentage goes up the more we can lay the mantle of illegitimate on the Federal guv -

James-Morrison's picture

Even if no one voted, you would still see the same number of people voting as reported by the press.

Nothing would change, now.

We have arrived.

Freddie's picture

Younger people fared better after the USSR failed.   They will probably fare better when the USA Inc. implodes.  Russians are a better bunch and did not have a huge feral underclass.

Shizzmoney's picture

We need more debate and actual party definition.  I dream one day that parties like the Pirate Party, the Socialist Party, and the Libertarian Party all splinter from their 2-horned masters and start to make waves in these primaries.  

We need more parties like Europe.  This will bring out more truth and less political correctness.  It will be messy.  There will be arguing.  But at least there will also be progress, unlike now, where we essentially live under a 2 party corportocracy that stands pat on every issue because ITS GOOD FOR TEH STAWKS!!!!!1111

QQQBall's picture

44%. That is incredibly high - actually unbelieveable.

daveO's picture

Poll was taken in an urban(black) area. They torture the numbers to get their objective.

thunderkiss's picture

I still find it stunning that 44% still approve despite all the scandals.  The most corrupt president in history and 44% don't give a shit.  I guess that's the 44 out of the 48% taking handouts?

Shizzmoney's picture

A) The "most corrupt president in history" precident will continue for each and every next POTUS until the shit comes crashing down.  Clinton was bad, Bush was worse, Obama even worser, etc etc etc

B) I still find it stunning that 44% still approve despite all the scandals - remember, a ton of "progressives" and even "conservatives", both folks mostly older (but some in my age bracket, 18-35, think your tech CEO type like the asshole from Tumblr), have greatly benefitted from this presidency:  

- stocks at all time highs

- real estate near all time highs

- gay marriage and marijuana legalized

- jobs for educated white people

- defense contractors (think: NSA) getting renewed contracts (why you think GDP did so "well" last month?  The Navy ordered submarines!)

- And of course, the TBTF bankers have made more money than ever off of all of this, despite being trillions in ad hoc and insolvent

Now, the majority of us have gotten screwed....but Congress really only works for the 20% - your managers, your bosses, owners of capital and land, bankers, defense lackeys, corporate debtors, and random billionaires. 

But if you are a worker?  Small business owner?  Progressive or Libertarian advocate?  "Yeah, you can go fuck yourself."  And the 20% is just FINE with that.

They'll opine about "equality" when it comes to gay marriage, abortion, race (think Donald Sterling)....use it as a corporate slogan...but want to be protected from your employer accessing your Facebook?  Want equal pay for equal work?  Want cheaper health care? Better schooling? Less debt (college)? More PTO?  "Yeah, you can go fuck yourself."

That is, until, it one day slips away like sand in an hour glass.