Obama’s approval rating plummets with scandal trifecta

Barack ObamaIt seems like the American people have become disenchanted with the President as scandal after scandal continue to plague his administration.

President Obama’s approval rating has dropped three percent just over the past two weeks, bringing his overall approval rating down as low as 47 percent, according to Gallup’s daily tracking

The president and his administration have been busy with damage control after three major scandals broke within a few days of each other: the Benghazi email revisions, the Internal Revenue Service improperly targeting conservative organizations and the Associated Press phone records seizure.

As history shows, however, the drop in the president’s approval rating as a result of scandals is often short-lived.

“When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987,” The Rockford Register Star’s Pat Cunningham wrote in his column Wednesday. “But his numbers jumped back to the upper 50s and lower 60s in the following year.”

Unfortunately, it is likely that Obama will be able to look forward to a rise in his approval ratings at some point in the future, granted that his scandal trifecta doesn’t become larger over the next few days.

As Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) tweeted on Thursday:

Clarification: The Gallup poll number is based on a three-day rolling average. The number used on this story was based on the three-day average between May 12-14, 2013. 

Comments

Comments

  1. SpySmasher says:

    “Obama’s approval rating plummets with scandal trifecta.”

    BUT NEVER FEAR….

    “Obama can look forward to a rise in his approval ratings at some point in the future.”

    Make up your mind!

    1. Dennis says:

      The American public will soon learn the Obama Administration, Obama and the DNC orchestrated the following as a way to keep public opinion on the side of the Obama administration during the presidential election of 2012. (Basically manipulated the press into reducing stature of these events as critical to US’s safety)
      1. Benghazi loss of lives to appear to be about a video when it was about a terrorist group attacking on the anniversary date of 9/11. The cover up and subsequent misleading statements were conceived to reduce the public into believing that the attack was spontaneous. Obama, Obama administration and secretary of state-Pentagon are culpable for the deaths at Benghazi for not beefing of security prior to the attacks after repeated request and real time information that could have allowed CIA and troops to rescue this embassy.

      2. The AP Justice department issue was because the Obama Administration had led the american public by a press release that their were no terrorist activity when indeed a terrorist attack by an International Air carrier had been recently been thwarted. Again the Obama administration thwarted the correct information while the AP made the story accurate. Obama (Admin) now is breaking the first amendment – freedom of press- this again was orchestrated prior to the election.
      3. Last but not least political opponents of the Obama administration were being held at bay by the IRS prior to the election for 2 years for attaining status 2010. All public confidence is lost in the IRS to be bi-partisan and Michelle Bachman is right that we should not allow the IRS to administer Obama care- this could happen repeatedly on a different level for our health care.

      The previous and other key events were orchestrated to win the presidential election at all cost. The cover up of these events prior to the election are impeachable offenses and Obama should be removed from office by Congress. All americans should be concerned that this Chicago style manipulation took place to move the independent voter to status quo. The election would have been appreciably different- the polling numbers statistics would easily prove Obama was trying to prove the war on terror was over with the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Obama administration reduced the number of groups attacking him prior to the election using the IRS. The DNC and the Obama administration had the motive for all this to win the presidential election of 2012 at all cost.

  2. Roger says:

    I’ve never liked the POS SOB ask me what I think of the Socialist minded A/Hole Oh snap will I get audited this week ? All know hat after he kisses enough of his buddies of the press asses they will cover up for him again.. Right now its just like one spouse thinks the other is cheating is 75% sure no real proof and right now and are looking for real solid proof at this point its just a legal separation trial period ..
    But if they are caught red handed like Clinton was then they may get a finial divorce if they have any spine at all unlike Hilliary did and I lost all respect for her back then when she mocked Tammy Wynette hell at least Tammy had the gumption to divorce the old possum George Jones funny how Hilliary did not reference that song, I guess It did not behoove her then as she knew what she wanted to do and divorces in the W/H are as scarcest as hens teeth

  3. Matt says:

    Hmmm…47%. Maybe Romney was onto something there.

  4. Pat says:

    Weird. I click the link the gallup poll says Obama’s approval rating is 49%….it is almost like the “scandals” haven’t had any effect at all.

  5. Nate says:

    If by plummet, you mean that the RCP average remains unchanged then you are exactly right. Gallup is down, Pew is up. It all averages out. Who cares?

  6. Tom says:

    Dropping three points is a “plummet”?!
    LOL

  7. Trav says:

    Obama should confess to his actions on Benghazi..then at least everyone would be more at ease. If he would just admit that he denied the request for help from the Ambassador and apologize to the family and everyone else for lying about it. Maybe we could trust him. Instead of screening the media and abusing FBI/CIA to keep from answering the questions he looks like a fool!

  8. FromtheRepublicofBrooklyn says:

    47%, 46.8%, 48.6%, 47.9%, etc….. Irregardless!… Sheep will be sheep, all the way to the slaughtering house… The electoral America that is vested in this failure, will ultimately undo themselves… Benghazi, Gun Legislation (Expect this to be revisited either later this year, or beginning of next), IRS scandal, Job growth, Spending…. Don’t think the otherside is exempt either… They have away of keeping a dead dinosaur alive too!

  9. Dennis says:

    When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987,”

    And yet Obama’s only drop three points.

    That’s Obama’s Presidency in a nutshell. When Bush did things the rightwing didn’t like, his approval rating dropped as low as 23%. Yet no matter WHAT Obama does, his approval never ever ever ever ever ever drops below 40%.

    It’s good to see the American public is alive enough to change their views of him by 3% over this scandal, but it’s still phenomenal how stalwart or brain-dead most of his supporters are. He could start a nuclear war and his approval wouldn’t drop below 40.

    1. rick says:

      I am so tired of hearing that Obama’s approval ratings are not affected by the recent events , just who are these people that are being asked in these polls? No one has asked me about whether or not I approve of a president of my country looking in to the eyes of the families and the spouses and the children of the ones who were killed by(Radical Islamist Terrorists)… Telling them that he will bring to justice the man who made that awful video. We all need to respect are president , But also we all need to Wake up and refuse to be treated like 5th grade mentality and say enough of the BS and PC , I do not approve, truth still matters to me and to (all) of the people that I know and am in contact with in my daily life and it always will. Out of 10 people that I know I am hard pressed to find one person who have a favorable opinion about the job performance of Barack Obama. Only my opinion, but I feel if more people gave there opinion that 47 percent approval rating would be in serious trouble..

  10. JD says:

    Beyond this trifecta of scandals, how about a massive violation of our constitutional rights?

    Obama standing behind drone strikes that have killed US citizens (including a child) without due proces?
    What about the high level prosecution of whistleblowers like Kirikou and who can forget Brendan Ryan, the US soldier behind wikileaks?

    Is he the model of transparency and government accountability, as the swore an oath to the Constitution…. No.

  11. Political Atheist says:

    A bill passed called HR 4310 proves you cannot believe anything you see on the news anymore.

  12. REd says:

    How far can it drop.

    Rhomny was pretty close to being right, about have in the USA are getting hand outs, food stamps, free phones and loads of other programs. They will support this guy up to the bitter end. Makes no difference what he does or how bad he is.

  13. Buck Ofama says:

    His own secret service doesnt want to protect him anymore because he threw them under the bus.

    he will be gone soon.

  14. Mirquella Santos says:

    I have no idea why most conservatives on the web, tv or radio keep giving Republicans the wrong information. They tell you not to believe in polls and Nate Silver. Do you remember the humiliation suffered by the Republicans on Nov 6th? It was horrible. Obama support is 53% and Hilary is even higher. No conservatives are able to face Hilary. Get out of the bubble.

  15. Mike M says:

    Not likely his numbers will go anywhere but in the toilet as Abominationcare begins to take its toll on people’s insurance plans and pocketbooks. Look for congress to have a higher approval rating than Obama after January 1, 2014.

Polititainment

Foxx talks dancing with Christie, McCain
Who could possibly forget this epic photo? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel certainly hadn’t, so when he had the chance to interview actor Jamie Foxx Wednesday night, he simply had to get the back story. Foxx has been the host of this annual charity event for several years. “What’s interesting is that every year that […]
Jon Stewart on Christie's 'pig problem'

Jon Stewart got into Chris Christie’s “pig problem”—which wasn’t quite what Stewart thought it was at first.

Rogen: 'Amazing' to smoke in White House

Seth Rogen told The Hill in a recent interview that he believes he is now on a "list" of individuals banned on from President Obama's residence because of his recent tweet expressing his desire to smoke marijuana in the White House.

Kimmel's insightful e-card rant

Kimmel's broadside against e-cards raises an interesting point about the way Democrats have encouraged their followers to pass along birthday well-wishes to their party's elected officials and leaders.

Stewart hits Pelosi for hypocrisy
Jon Stewart hit Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) hard Tuesday night for her hypocrisy in a recent voting decision. “You are a recognized champion of women and voter rights,” Stewart started off, playing clips of her oft-repeated speeches on the topics. “Your voting and lady bonafides are unmatched.” So lucky for Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill.), […]

White House

Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

After multiple hacks, the federal government’s cybersecurity plan remains on hold

The federal government is not having the best time with cybersecurity of late.

Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

President Obama announced Wednesday afternoon that he will unveil his unilateral plan for immigration reform to the nation in a primetime address Thursday.

Reports: Obama could unveil amnesty for illegal immigrants within days

President Obama is set to unveil a comprehensive, unilateral plan for immigration reform that includes amnesty as soon as next week, according to a report Thursday.

Obama on ‘Face the Nation': Congress still has time to act on immigration
After warnings from Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner, President Obama claimed on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” that Congress still has time to act on immigration before his executive order comes down. “I’d prefer and still prefer to see it done through Congress, but every day that I wait we’re misallocating resources. We’re deporting […]

Congress

Rep. Bachmann finds the smoke-filled rooms of DC
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann may be on her way out of Washington, but that didn’t stop her from finally finding her way to the often criticized smoke-filled rooms of DC. On Wednesday, the Congresswoman seemed to be enjoying her a last bit of recess down time with a cigar and a perfectly appropriate tweet. After […]
Rand suggests a wardrobe change for 'King' Obama
Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) took to Facebook to suggest an Obama wardrobe change following the president’s comments that he will use the executive branch to push his immigration agenda. Post by Rand Paul. “This isn’t about immigration reform. This is about his usurping of power that the Constitution didn’t give him,” Paul said in an interview […]
Senator: 'There could be violence'

Retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has issued a stark warning about the fallout from President Obama's immigration plan.

Pro- and anti-NSA Republicans vote down reform

Senate Republicans banded together to kill a National Security Agency reform bill, but some did it for entirely opposite reasons.

The House hires an Obama voter to sue Obama

In an act that belongs in the trolling hall of fame, the House of Representatives has retained a lawyer who voted for President Obama and supports "national health care" to sue President Obama over Obamacare.