There have been lots of polls showing a decline in President Obama's job-approval rating, but a new Bloomberg National Poll has worse news for the White House. For the first time, more Americans view Obama unfavorably than favorably on a personal level, according to Bloomberg.
Obama has been given positive ratings as a person for many months, and this has been considered a pillar of his presidency that created a reservoir of goodwill for him. But the latest Bloomberg survey finds that 49 percent now view him unfavorably and 47 percent favorably in personal terms. This is apparently due to the setbacks he has suffered recently in areas ranging from his inability to break the gridlock in Washington to perceptions that he hasn't sufficiently strengthened the economy.
He isn't alone in his slide. The Democratic party has only a 44 percent favorability rating, a two-year low; 34 percent give the Republicans a favorable rating, the worst ever, Bloomberg says.
"Obama has been damaged, but the Republicans haven't crawled out of their own hole," said Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., of Des Moines, Iowa, which conducted the survey for Bloomberg.
Unfortunately for Obama, the list of negatives goes on: 53 percent disapprove of his handling of the crisis in Syria; 51 percent disapprove of Obama's managing the United States' reputation around the world.
Only 38 percent approve of Obama's handling of the economy, and 39 percent approve of his handling of health care, both the lowest ratings that Bloomberg has recorded in those categories for Obama since September 2011.
Only 27 percent say the economy will improve over the next year, down from 39 percent who expected improvement three months earlier; 44 percent expect the economy to remain about the same; 28 percent see it weakening.
Sixty-eight percent say the country is headed down the wrong track; only 25 percent say the United States is on the right track, the lowest level since September 2011.
Overall, Obama's job approval stands at 45 percent, the lowest in two years.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com and "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He is the author of the new book "Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership." Ken Walsh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook and Twitter.