New York Times/CBS News Poll Finds Obama Job Approval down to 41%

By Dave Andrusko

The same poll that shows majority support for an exception for employers who have religious or moral objections to the Obama mandate requiring virtually all employers to pay for services they regard as morally objectionable also recorded the lowest level support ever in a CBS News poll for President Obama.

An anemic 41% approve of President Obama’s job performance (down nine points from last month) while 47% disapproved, up by six points from last month. 

In the story covering its own poll, the New York Times said Obama “is heading into the general election season on treacherous political ground.” In addition, according to the Times’ Jim Rutenberg and Marjorie Connelly,

“Sharp as the drop in Mr. Obama’s approval rating was in the Times/CBS News poll, it was not in isolation. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, released on Monday, also reported a drop in Mr. Obama’s overall approval rating, to 46 percent from 50 percent last month. The latest tracking poll from Gallup, also released Monday, showed Mr. Obama with an approval rating of 49 percent.”

The economy and jobs “remains the most important problem facing the country today, according to 51 percent of Americans,” explains the CBS News Polling Unit. Mr. Obama’s ratings on the economy remain abysmal–39% approval to 54% disapproval.

On foreign policy, for the first time since May 2011, more Americans disapprove (41%) than approve (40%) of Mr. Obama’s performance, a drop of ten points in a month,

One other note from the poll. “His disapproval rating has risen to 89 percent among Republicans (from 82 percent last month), and more independents now disapprove of his job performance than approve,” according to the CBS News Polling Unit. “Though Mr. Obama’s approval rating among Democrats remains high, it has dropped seven points – from 85 percent last month to 78 percent today.”