New Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Continue To Struggle

52 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing As President, While Just 42 Percent Approve.  (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

  • 58 Percent Of Voters Feel That The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent And Effective In Managing The Federal Government, While Just 40 Percent Feel It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

On Countless Issues, Americans Have Lost Faith In Obama’s Leadership

68 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Is Not The Most Open And Transparent Administration Ever, While Just 28 Percent Say It Is. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

54 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On Health Care, While 41 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

  • 57 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent At Managing Medical Care To Military Veterans, While 40 Percent Say It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)
  • 52 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent At Implementing ObamaCare, While 44 Perfect Say It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

57 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On The Economy, While 40 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

56 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On Foreign Policy, While Just 36 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

58 Percent Of Voters Disapprove Of The Job Obama Is Doing On Immigration, While Just 34 Percent Approve. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

  • 56 Percent Of Voters Say The Obama Administration Has Not Been Competent At Managing The Current Situation On The Southern Border, While Just 39 Percent Say It Has. (Fox News Poll, 1,057 RV, MoE 3%, 7/20-22/14)

Obama Breaks Another Transparency Promise

Earlier This Month, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Touted Obama’s Transparency At Fundraisers

During An Interview On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Earnest Said It Was His Responsibility To “Try To Help The President Live Up To His Commitment To Be The Most Transparent President In History.” “As the new press secretary, Earnest said he has a responsibility to ‘try to help the President live up to his commitment to be the most transparent president in history.’” (Brian Stelter, “White House Transparent? Yes Says New Press Secretary,” CNN, 7/13/14)

  • Earnest: “Reporters, For Years, Clamored To Get Access To Fundraisers That The Presidents Hosted, Or Attended, That Were Hosted In Private Homes. Reporters Now Have Access To Those When This President Goes To A Private Home.” EARNEST: “Reporters, for years, clamored to get access to fundraisers that the presidents hosted, or attended, that were hosted in private homes. Reporters now have access to those when this president goes to a private home. He was at a private home just on Wednesday night. So, there are a number of steps that we’ve taken to give people greater insight in to what is happening at the White House.” (CNN, “Reliable Sources,” 7/13/14)

But During Obama’s Recent Fundraising Swing, The Press Was Routinely Barred From Attending Fundraising Events

Politico Headline: “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again” (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again,” Politico, 7/23/14)

“President Barack Obama Went To The West Coast To Meet Donors From Two Top Democratic Super PACs, But The Press Wasn’t Invited.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again,” Politico, 7/23/14)

  • On Tuesday, The Press Were Left Behind During Obama’s Senate Majority PAC Fundraiser. “Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again,” Politico, 7/23/14)
  • On Wednesday, The President Attended A House Majority PAC Fundraiser And Reporters Were Not “Even Told What Room Or Floor He Was On” At The Four Seasons Hotel. “Wednesday morning, when he met with big donors for the House Majority PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown San Francisco, they weren’t even told what room or floor he was on.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again,” Politico, 7/23/14)

The Administration Has Taken A “Secrecy Approach To Super PAC Appearances.” “The decision by Obama and his staff to take the secrecy approach to super PAC appearances has aggravated the concerns even further. This was, after all, the president who stepped away from State of the Union tradition in 2010 to directly attack the Supreme Court for the Citizens United ruling that helped spur the dramatic rise in campaign spending. (A separate federal court ruling paved the way for super PACs.) And Obama, even during his own 2012 reelection campaign, kept distance from the Priorities USA super PAC that was supporting him.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again,” Politico, 7/23/14)

“The Constantly Repeated Line That They’re Running The ‘Most Transparent Administration In History’ Tends To Prompt Snickers.” “Despite constant complaints from the press corps and promises from White House officials, access to the president continues to be limited. The constantly repeated line that they’re running the ‘most transparent administration in history’ tends to prompt snickers. Halfway through Obama’s West Coast swing, it’s tipping toward outrage.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein, “Barack Obama Locks Out The Press — Again,” Politico, 7/23/14)

Another Obama Economy Downgrade

After Obama’s Economy Contracted By 2.9 Percent In The First Quarter, The IMF Now Expects The U.S. Economy To Only Grow By 1.7 Percent In 2014. “The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said it expects the U.S. economy to grow even more slowly this year than it predicted a month ago due to weakness in the first quarter. The IMF said the world’s largest economy should grow 1.7 percent in 2014, below its June prediction of 2 percent growth.”(Anna Yukhananov, “IMF Snips U.S. 2014 Growth Forecast to 1.7 Percent,” Reuters, 7/23/14)

  • Contraction In The First Quarter “Was The Deepest Decline Since The Great Recession.” “Here’s how bad the first quarter was: The data already show the economy contracted in the first quarter, but now it looks like that contraction was the deepest decline since the Great Recession. The housing market slowed, businesses invested less money in new equipment and buildings, and exports of American goods declined.” (Annalyn Kurtz, “U.S. Economy: Not Looking So Good,” CNNMoney, 6/16/14)

The IMF Now Expects That “Without Significant Reforms” The U.S. Economy Wont Be Able To Grow Above 2 Percent In The Long Term. “The IMF also warned that as the U.S. population ages, the economy would not be able to grow above 2 percent in the longer-term without significant reforms, including tax and immigration changes, more investment in infrastructure and job training, and the provision of childcare assistance, which could help lure more Americans into the workforce.” (Anna Yukhananov, “IMF Snips U.S. 2014 Growth Forecast to 1.7 Percent,” Reuters, 7/23/14)

The IMF Had Already Lowered Their Expectations For The U.S. Economy After The Horrible First Quarter In Economic Growth Was Revealed

In June The International Monetary Fund Lowered Its Estimate Of U.S. Economic Growth From 2.7% To 2%. “The International Monetary Fund foresees the U.S. economy growing a modest 2 percent this year, below its previous estimate of 2.7 percent.” (Josh Boak, “IMF Lowers Estimate Of U.S. Economic Growth In 2014,” The Associated Press, 6/16/14)

The IMF Doesn’t Believe The Comeback Will Be Strong Enough To Completely Offset The Terrible First Quarter.” “‘In the early part of the year, as a harsh winter conspired with other factors… momentum faded in the U.S economy,’ the IMF said. Even though the economy is now starting to bounce back, the IMF doesn’t believe the comeback will be strong enough to completely offset the terrible first quarter.” (Annalyn Kurtz, “U.S. Economy: Not Looking So Good,” CNNMoney, 6/16/14)

The IMF Is Only The Latest To Lower Their Expectations, Economists Are Now Expecting Another Disappointing Year For Growth

A Survey Conducted By The Wall Street Journal Shows Economists Now Expect A Paltry 1.6 Percent GDP Growth From The Fourth Quarter Of 2013 To The Fourth Quarter Of 2014. “The July consensus view calls for inflation-adjusted Gross Domestic Product to grow just 1.6% this year, measured as the percentage change from this year’s fourth quarter over the fourth quarter of 2013.”(Kathleen Madigan, “WSJ Survey: Economists Dim Their Growth View,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/17/14)

  • “The Main Culprit Cited By The 48 Surveyed Economists—Not All Of Whom Answered Every Question—Is The Absence Of A Big Spring Bounce Following The Winter’s Sharp Contraction.” (Kathleen Madigan, “WSJ Survey: Economists Dim Their Growth View,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/17/14)
  • Forget About Escape Velocity. The U.S. Economy In 2014 Is Likely To Record Another Disappointing Year Of Growth, According To The Latest Wall Street Journal Survey Of Economists.” (Kathleen Madigan, “WSJ Survey: Economists Dim Their Growth View,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/17/14)

The National Association For Business Economics Now Expect 1.6 Percent GDP Growth In 2014, A Sharp Revision From The 2.5 Percent Growth Previously Expected. “The average forecast for growth in the second quarter has fallen to 3 percent, according to a survey released Friday by the National Association for Business Economics. That’s down from 3.5 percent in a June survey. Growth in 2014 as a whole will be just 1.6 percent, they project, sharply below a previous forecast of 2.5 percent. If accurate, this year’s growth would be the weakest since the Great Recession.” (Christopher S. Rugaberm, “Economists Lower Forecasts For US Growth,” The Associated Press, 7/11/14)

New Poll Proves Obama And His Policies Are Still Unpopular

55 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of The Way Obama Is Handling His Job As President, While Just 42 Percent Approve. (CNN Poll, 1,012 A, MoE 3%, 7/18-20/14)

57 Percent Of Americans Do Not Believe Obama Can Manage The Government Effectively, While 42 Percent Believe He Can. (CNN Poll, 1,012 A, MoE 3%, 7/18-20/14)

52 Percent Of Americans Do Not Believe Obama Is A Strong And Decisive Leader, While 48 Percent Believe He Is. (CNN Poll, 1,012 A, MoE 3%, 7/18-20/14)

59 Percent Of Americans Oppose ObamaCare, While 40 Percent Support It. (CNN Poll, 1,012 A, MoE 3%, 7/18-20/14)

81 Percent Of Americans Consider Themselves “Worse Off” Or “About The Same” After ObamaCare Provisions Have Taken Effect, While Only 18 Percent Responded They Were “Better Off.” (CNN Poll, 1,012 A, MoE 3%, 7/18-20/14)

56 Percent Of Americans Do Not Believe Obama Agrees With Them On Issues They Care About, While 43 Percent Believe He Does. (CNN Poll, 1,012 A, MoE 3%, 7/18-20/14)