A new poll shows Democrats losing faith in President Barack Obama and Republicans turning on Hillary Clinton, as two of the Democratic Party's brightest stars dim in popularity. A top Republican in the news has also failed to garner much traction, according to the ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday.
Both Obama and Clinton have slipped in approval ratings, with Obama down 6 percentage points and Clinton down 7 points from a similar poll in January.
But Clinton remains one of the most popular political figures in the country, with 60 percent of Americans seeing her favorably compared to 33 percent unfavorably, even as she seems to inch toward a new political campaign that could lead to partisan polarization and a drop in support. Obama's approval rating is at 53 percent down from nearly 60 percent during the first month of his second term. Other polls have also shown his popularity dip, likely in the face of a series of scandals that have caused Americans to show less trust in the federal government.
"Since his re-election, the president [has] waded into contentious policy areas such as gun control and immigration, while dealing with the Internal Revenue Service and National Security Administration controversies," said a polling memo accompanying the survey results. "Clinton, for her part, has stepped away from her popular role as secretary of state and may be seen in an increasingly partisan light given wide discussion of her possible candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016."
The polling shows Obama's popularity has dropped among more liberal voters – down 12 percent – and down 9 percent among nonwhites. Clinton's dip comes from the opposite side of the spectrum, with a 10 percent drop in Republican support and a 10 percent drop among seniors, according to the poll.
Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has made headlines for months for his efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, has not moved the needle on his popularity. About half of all Americans have no opinion of the charismatic son of Cuban immigrants. Of those that do, about 26 percent have a favorable opinion and 25 percent do not.
"While Rubio retains a broad recognition deficit, partisan divisions about him have lessened from last August, with negative views among Democrats down by 13 points and positive views among Republicans down by 11 points," said the memo. "His support for immigration reform – a cause more popular among Democrats than among Republicans – may be a factor."
The poll surveyed 1,010 adults from June 19-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 points.