Huffpost Politics

Obama Approval Rating Drops After NSA Surveillance News: Poll

Posted: Updated:

President Barack Obama's approval rating dropped eight points from last month, according to a CNN poll released Monday.

The survey found that 45 percent of respondents approve of the president, while 54 percent disapprove. In mid-May, the numbers were essentially reversed -- 53 percent approved and 45 percent disapproved. Americans under 30 flipped by 17 points against Obama, according to the poll. Half of the respondents said they do not feel that he is honest and trustworthy -- a nine-point drop from last month.

The public disapproves of surveillance, and 43 percent of people think the administration has gone too far in sacrificing civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, the CNN poll found. A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 45 percent of Americans feel Obama is doing a poor job when it comes to protecting constitutional rights. The CNN poll found that 61 percent of people disapprove of surveillance efforts, while 35 percent said they approve.

The numbers suggest that the president's approval level has been damaged by the revelations that the NSA is surveilling Americans' phone and Internet activities, and the president's support for such programs.

The president's approval rating has fallen recently overall, according to HuffPost/Pollster's polling average:

Related on HuffPost:

Close
Obama Approval Rating
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

RealClearPolitics - Election Other - President Obama Job Approval

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll - Rasmussen Reports™

Obama Approval Rating - Huffington Post

Obama Job Approval - Huffington Post

CNN Poll: Obama approval falls amid controversies

Why Obama's Approval Rating Isn't Higher

Is the Economy Saving Obama's Approval Ratings?

Poll: Amid scandals, Obama's approval dips

CNN Poll: Obama approval rating unharmed by controversies