A new CNN poll shows president Obama’s popularity among young voters has plummeted over the past month. Obama’s approval rating among Americans under age thirty has dropped 17% since May of this year.
“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 CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The president also dropped 10 points among independent voters, from 47% last month to 37% now, with Obama’s disapproval among independents jumping 12 points to 61%.
What’s behind the drop?
“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,” adds Holland.
Overall, Obama’s job approval rating now stands at 45%. It is the first time since last year, according to CNN, that a majority of Americans disapprove of the president.
Read the full story here.