Obama approval rating unaffected by VA scandal, Berghdal: poll

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President Obama’s job approval rating remained constant through May and the first week of June, despite the administration being under scrutiny for the wait list scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the release of Sgt. Bowe Berghdal in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees.

Mr. Obama’s approval rating averaged 44 percent in May, the same as the month before, and held steady at 44 percent through the first week of June, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The president had seen a gradual improvement in job approval rating since the beginning of the year, but the growth flat lined in April at 44 percent.

While the improvement has halted, the fact that the president didn’t see a dip in approval even as a member of his cabinet resigned amid a scandal where up to 40 veterans allegedly died shows resilience, the poll said.

“Thus far, Obama’s ‘worst week’ does not appear to have materially affected his overall job approval rating,” according to the Gallup release.
The monthly poll results come from more than 15,000 phone calls with adults across the United States throughout May.

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