By Dave Andrusko
By now it’s hardly news that the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll would find President Obama’s job approval number at 40%, the lowest ever in the series. (Gallup has him at 41% today and 39% a few days ago.) Over half—54%–disapprove of Mr. Obama.
After all Mr. Obama’s approval numbers have teetered on dropping into free fall for months.
What is potentially of more significance is that the one point drop from June comes from “slightly lower support from Democrats and African-American respondents,” explained NBC News’ Mark Murray. These are obviously the President’s bedrock supporters.
In addition, when asked how they felt about Mr. Obama, 40% said positive compared to 47% who said negative. That’s bad enough but, even worse, the intensity is with those who are unfavorable: 33% felt very negative about the President compared to 22% who felt very positive—a whopping eleven point difference.
These numbers go hand-in-hand with the public’s disapproval of the President’s handling of the economy(42% to 53%) and foreign policy (even worse—36% to 60%).
Asked “All in all, do you think things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, or do you feel things are off on the wrong track?” an incredible 71% said wrong track. And in the ultimate expression of whether the country is on the right track or wrong track, an all time high—76%–are skeptical that their children will have a better life.