Obama's Popularity Plunges Amid Controversy

Americans distrust Obama for the first time.

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President Barack Obama's approval rating is plummeting in the midst of American dissatisfaction with the recent privacy controversies and other scandals.

The president's approval rating is 45 percent, marking an 8-point drop in the last month, according to a CNN survey. Weighing down on the Obama administration are the revelations of government domestic spying programs, the Justice Department's secret pursuit of journalists' phone records, the Internal Revenue Service's inappropriate scrutiny of conservative political groups seeking tax-exemption status, as well as the lingering questions over the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, last fall.

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"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."

The survey, released Monday, also shows that 50 percent of Americans say they don't believe Obama is "honest and trustworthy," for the first time in his presidency, according to CNN. His personal trustworthiness was a measure that shined during his re-election campaign, where he continually outperformed Republican presidential opponent Mitt Romney, bolstering his position despite a struggling economy.

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Americans are split when it comes to the line they want the federal government to take between balancing civil liberties and fighting terrorism. About 43 percent say the administration has gone too far, 38 percent say it's about right and 17 percent say it hasn't gone far enough.

And about half of those surveyed said the National Security Agency's program to collect phone records is OK and two-thirds approve of the Internet surveillance program.

The poll surveyed 1,014 adults from June 11 to June 13, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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