- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sixty-one percent of independent voters disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, said a new survey in which fewer than 40 percent of overall voters approve of how he’s doing on the economy, health care, and foreign policy.

Overall, 40 percent of registered voters approve of the job Mr. Obama doing and 54 percent disapprove, the Fox News poll said. Mr. Obama’s overall approval rating in the poll had been climbing steadily from a low of 38 percent in March to 44 percent last month.

Thirty-nine percent approve of how Mr. Obama is doing on the economy and health care, with 58 percent disapproving. Thirty-four percent approve of how he’s doing on foreign policy and 56 percent disapprove, though 55 percent favor Mr. Obama’s plan to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan for a year and then gradually remove nearly all U.S. troops from the country by the end of 2016. Thirty-nine percent disapprove of the plan.

About three-quarters of Democrats approve of his overall job performance, while 87 percent of Republicans disapprove. Sixty-one percent of independents disapprove of his job performance, while 29 percent approve.

Mr. Obama’s favorability is essentially flat in the latest poll compared to past months; 45 percent have a favorable view of him and 52 percent have an unfavorable one.

A plurality of voters, 48 percent to 42 percent, say the Obama administration is less competent than the administration of President George W. Bush. More than two-thirds say Mr. Obama’s administration in less competent than the administration of President Clinton.

Thirty-eight percent of those polled self-identified as Democrats, 36 percent said they were Republicans, and 22 percent said Independent/other.

The survey of 1,006 registered voters was taken from June 1-3 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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