President Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night on foreign policy in Afghanistan, but his political future more likely rests with how he handles domestic issues such as the economy. And in that arena, the latest Bloomberg News poll offers little comfort for the man seeking his second term.
The president received a small bounce in approval in May after U.S. forces raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But even as the president briefly benefited from that bump, polls showed a deep unease in how he was handling the economy. Whatever improvement Obama gained from that foreign policy triumph has largely dissipated, according to several other polls.
That unease over the economy has continued, bringing with it some tough political numbers for the president. Only 30% of those surveyed said they were certain to vote for the president while 36% said they definitely won’t. Of the key voting bloc of independents, fewer than one in four — 23% — said they would support Obama’s reelection while 36% said they wanted a fresh face.
Obama rode a wave of high hopes for change into the White House in a 2008 campaign that sought to draw a sharp line under the years of George W. Bush. Yet the Bloomberg poll found that Americans now say they are pessimistic about their economic situation as well as longer term prospects.