US President Barack Obama’s popularity rating hit a new low with a majority of Americans adjudging him as unpopular as his predecessor George W Bush, a latest opinion poll has said.
“Obama is now as unpopular as Bush. 51 per cent have an unfavorable view of Bush; 51 per cent feel the same way about Obama,” said the CNN/ORC International poll.
“Obama’s favourable rating is now at 47 per cent – a new low for him, and virtually identical to Bush’s 46 per cent favourable rating, a significant improvement over his 2009 numbers,” it said.
“This marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of Americans have an unfavourable view of Obama,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
“And, at 51 per cent, his unfavorable his higher than his favorable for the first time as well,” Holland added.
As for Bush, his numbers have gradually edged up over the years since he left the White House, and is now on par with Obama, CNN said.
Both Bush and Obama have much lower favorable ratings than the two men that preceded them in the White House. 68 per cent of the public has a positive view of former President Bill Clinton and 58 per cent say they have favorable opinion of former President George H W Bush.
The poll also said that the favorable rating of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dropped from 67 per cent in March 2013 to 59 per cent in September 2013, 57 per cent in March of 2014, and 55 per cent now.
The drop was expected, as Clinton transitioned from America’s top diplomat to potential Democratic presidential candidate, it said.
“Secretary of State is often seen as a non-political, non-partisan kind of job, and that showed in Clinton’s favourable ratings while she ran the State Department,” Holland said.
“In 2011, her favorable rating was as high as 47 per cent among Republicans. Now that she seems to be running for office again, her favorable among Republicans have plummeted to 18 per cent,” Holland added.