AFRICANGLOBE – According to a CNN/ORC poll, only 45 percent of Americans believe the president is doing a good job, a drop of eight points since May.
The drop in Barack Obama’s approval rating comes on the heels of a leak that revealed the NSA has been conducting a large data-mining operation on American citizens. According to reports from The Guardian, massive amounts of metadata has been collected on Verizon customers.
“Nobody is listening to the content of people’s phone calls,” Obama said in response to the leak.
Other information leaks from Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and contractor, reportedly show the federal government agency had also collected data of all sorts from major internet companies. They included Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo.
According to the poll, six in 10 Americans object to the way the president has handled surveillance of U.S. citizens – scoring worse than President George W. Bush did on this issue.
Other controversies may have eroded people’s trust in the president. Among them was the IRS targeting of tea party and other right-wing organizations for further scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
“The IRS has to operate with absolute integrity,” Obama said.
Another was the Department of Justice’s subpoena of documents from reporters at the Associated Press and Fox News.
“I have complete confidence in Eric Holder as attorney general,” Obama said.
The number of Americans who think he is honest also dropped nine points since May, from 58 percent to 49. It is the first time in his presidency that less than half believed him to be trustworthy.
“Our nation is still threatened by terrorists from Benghazi to Boston,” Obama said.
He rates above 50 percent on terrorism, but that number took a 13-point hit in the last month.
A strong core of his supporters, people younger than 30, saw the biggest decline with a 17-point plunge.
Obama arrived Monday at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland and is expected to meet with other world leaders to discuss the NSA leak and other matters.