President Obama’s second term was already beleaguered by the Associated Press, Benghazi, and IRS scandals, but once news broke that the Obama administration had vastly expanded former President George W. Bush’s surveillance state, it took a toll on Obama’s approval, according to a CNN survey.
The CNN poll found that President Obama’s approval rating stands at 45 percent, marking an 8 point drop from last month.
“The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” says Keating Holland, polling director for CNN. “It is clear that revelations about NSA surveillance programs have damaged Obama’s standing with the public, although older controversies like the IRS matter may have begun to take their toll as well.”
Also, from MSNBC: The polling shows a marked drop in support from people under the age of 30, black Americans, and independents fell by 10 points.
In addition, 43 percent of those polled say the administration has gone too far on civil liberties, 38 percent say it’s about right and 17 percent say it hasn’t gone far enough.
Prior to the polling, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald published two bombshell articles, using whistleblower Edward Snowden as a source, confirming the U.S. government’s accesses to all American’s phone and online records. According to Greenwald’s second article, a previously undisclosed government program called PRISM taps directly into the servers of companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet companies to retrieve private information.
The survey also found that 50 percent of those polled don’t think Obama is “honest and trustworthy.”
The CNN poll surveyed 1,014 adults from June 11 to June 13.