How bad did the White House look this week?
Left-leaning pollster John Zogby found President Obama losing ground even with his base, according to a poll reported on the Zogby Analytics website Friday,
Rasmussen Reports, meanwhile, found Obama has only a 48 percent approval rating among voters, with a disapproval rating of 39 percent.
That number sounds worse when you consider that . the poll was weighted toward Obama’s own party. Thirty-seven percent of those polled were Democrats, 33 percent were Republicans.
Zogby’s weekly White House report card said the “scandal-filled disaster week has cost (Obama) his majority support and sapped enthusiasm for his second term.”
“As Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth might have said, this was ‘weekus horribilis’ for President Obama,” Zogby says in the report. “Three fires in the form of three scandals to put out in one week. Are locusts next?”
Zogby, of course, was referring to the confluence of controversy over the administration’s changing stories about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September; the disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative groups for scrutiny in the run-up to last year’s election; and the Justice Department’s collection phone records in three Associated Press offices.
“This looks like First Term Obama all over again,” Zogby says in the report. “In addition to giving his opponents plenty of ammo, he is starting to see his liberal base erode. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s earlier dismissal of Benghazi as ‘a long time ago’ event was arrogant. This week he has been reduced to ‘no comment.’
“Seems like second terms are mainly about the arrogance and a sense of entitlement. I don’t think we will see the president’s numbers plummet, but dropping a few points from 51 percent to 48 percent is about losing a majority and a whole lot of enthusiasm.”
The White House’s grade for May 14-17, according to Zogby: F.
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