By Justin Sink
President Obama’s personal popularity has hit an all-time low, according to a new survey released Tuesday night.
In the Bloomberg poll, 44 percent of respondents said they felt positively about the president, while a majority — 52 percent — see him unfavorably. That’s down two points from his previous low of 46 percent, reported in December in the midst of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.
While the president has struggled with middling job-approval ratings in the past, the White House has been buoyed by the American public’s enduring fondness for Obama as a person. But this poll suggests the recent scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and controversy over the prisoner swap to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are taking their toll on the president’s likability.
Majorities of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of nearly every major issue, with 57 percent disappointed with his handling of the economy, 58 percent opposed to his approach on healthcare and 63 percent upset with how he’s tackled the budget deficit.
Some 55 percent say he hasn’t negotiated well with House Republicans, 51 percent think trading Bergdahl for five Guantánamo prisoners was a mistake, and only a third of Americans approve of the way he’s dealt with problems at the VA.
On Ukraine, a plurality — 46 percent — still disapprove of his approach, with 31 percent backing how the U.S. has responded.
Still, half of Americans say foreign leaders who are challenging the U.S. would likely behave the same way under any president, more than the 46 percent who say Obama is being tested because adversaries on the world stage perceive him as weak.
And most agree with Obama that climate change is a threat. Some 46 percent describe it as a “major threat,” and another 27 percent see it as a “minor threat” to the nation’s future. Half of Americans back the government setting new policies on climate change in the next 10 years.