President Barack Obama’s favorability ratings hit the lowest point of his presidency in a Bloomberg National Poll, with just 44 percent of Americans saying they have positive feelings about him.
That drop in personal popularity has become a broader drag on the public’s perception of his performance in office.
Obama, already given poor marks on the economy and health care, also gets low ratings on two recent political firestorms: the management of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the deal that freed the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, according to the poll.
His job-approval rating fell to 43 percent — near the level at the end of 2013 after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, his signature health-care law.
“In the past, Obama’s likeability has stayed ahead of perceptions of job performance,” said J. Ann Selzer, founder of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the June 6-9 poll. “It appears he is no longer likeable enough.”
Five months before the elections that will determine which party controls Congress, the poll results signal trouble for Obama and his fellow Democrats, who are struggling to hold on to their majority in the U.S. Senate.