Obama's approval rating drops

As he continues to deal with several controversies, the president loses 8 points in the polls

Published June 17, 2013 12:50PM (EDT)

Over the last month, amid several different controversies, President Obama's approval rating has dipped 8 points, according to a new survey by CNN/ORC International. The poll found that Obama's latest approval rating is 45 percent, down from 53 percent in mid-May, and his lowest in more than a year.

The poll was taken as the White House continues to deal with the IRS, Benghazi and NSA phone surveillance controversies, along with the Department of Justice's subpoena of journalist phone records.

From CNN:

The poll indicates that for the first time in Obama’s presidency, half of the public says they don't believe he is honest and trustworthy. And Americans are split on the controversial National Security Agency anti-terrorism program to record metadata on U.S. phone calls, but they support the NSA program that targets records of Internet usage by people in other countries. That doesn't mean they necessarily like what is going on: Just over six in 10 believe that government is so large and powerful that it threatens the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans.



By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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