Can Obama raise his job-approval ratings enough for a political recovery?

Here’s a surprisingly complex question: Can President Obama recover, politically speaking? And if so, what would that recovery look like?

The president is mired in the worst extended polling dip of his five years in office, dragged down by a series of scandals (National Security Agency spying, IRS targeting) and fumbles (the rollout of HealthCare.gov). …

Obama is now far closer to the approval trajectory of George W. Bush during his second term than that of Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan. Pew Research Center data show that a year into their second terms, Reagan’s approval rating stood at 62 percent, while Clinton’s was 58 percent. Obama was at 41 percent as of November 2013, more on par with Bush’s 36 percent in November 2005. CONT.

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post