Obama Job Approval Drops to the Nadir of his Presidency: Second Term Implications

Public opinion surveys are snapshots, not forecasts. Still, they can clarify the challenges and opportunities that individuals and organizations face.

The latest round of polls yields a clear conclusion: President Obama has reached the nadir of his presidency and risks diminished relevance for the remainder of his presidency. A politician noted for his ability to recover from setbacks will have to do it again, in circumstances he hasn’t encountered before. Core elements of his coalition are dissatisfied with his performance, and the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act has frayed the bonds of trust he has enjoyed with the American people. CONT.

Bill Galston, Brookings Institution