According to the latest IBD.TIPP Presidential Leadership Index conducted June 24-29, The Insufferable Airhorn’s approval rating took a dive to a record low. The 11.7% decline was his worst ever. According to TechnoMetrica, it’s the fourth straight reading below 50%, signaling disapproval.
Revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans' phone records and Internet activity dominated headlines over the past month. Meanwhile, more news came out of the IRS' targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
"Each day that passes there's a new mention of these things, they seem to kind of fester, they don't seem to go away," said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, on the NSA, IRS and other scandals.
A clear majority, 59%-34%, said government surveillance invades the privacy of innocent Americans. Among independents, it's 72%-25%. Even 42% of Democrats agree that it's an invasion of privacy.
The president's support among Democrats fell to 79.8, the lowest index reading since February 2012. His support among single women—a key part of his base—has tumbled from 74.6 around Election Day to 52.9 now. Meanwhile, he fell to all-time lows among Republicans, independents, men and married women.