President Obama’s popularity has fallen in recent months, according to a new McClatchy-Marist survey, with both his job approval and his personal favorability taking a fall.
In the new poll, 45 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing; 48 percent disapprove. Those are the worst numbers Marist has given Obama since November 2011. In November and December of 2012, the pollster found Obama had a 50 percent approval rating.
Obama’s personal image has also suffered, with 48 percent of voters viewing him favorably and 48 percent unfavorably. In November, those numbers were 53 percent to 44 percent.
So is Obama’s post-election political capital gone? Last week, The Fix wrote that it was too soon to declare the honeymoon over; not every poll is in agreement. And Congress is still far, far less popular than Obama.
But you can add this survey to several that have given the White House reason to worry. National Journal reports that Democratic pollsters advising the administration have also seen a drop. The sequester does not appear to have helped Obama, as dire warnings of immediate, major cuts have not been borne out.
Those polls might help explain Obama’s new charm offensive aimed at Republican lawmakers. One White House aide told the National Journal, “I hope you all are happy because we’re doing it for you” — meaning the media.