President Obama’s job-approval rating has dropped to its lowest level since 2011, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, at a lowly 45%. His cratering poll numbers come as he embarks on another Summer Jobless Tour. It’s not quite the momentum he hoped for to soften the crowd. The Wall Street Journal reports:
At the same time, the survey found a slight slump in support for the president among his most ardent backers, including African-Americans and core Democrats. Approval was off much more sharply among independents, just 32% of whom said they approved of the president’s job performance. Mr. McInturff, the Republican pollster, called the dip in Mr. Obama’s support among his strongest backers “a telling scratch” in his armor that could cost his party in next year’s elections if it worsens.
“If ever there is an edge that falls off in the president’s core support, that is always very meaningful in an off-year election,” he said.
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