The Washington Times - August 15, 2013, 07:49AM

A new poll shows President Obama’s nationwide tour to promote job creation isn’t making him more popular, at least not in the short term, because his approval rating on the economy has dropped 7 percentage points since June.

Gallup Politics said Americans give the Democratic president a 35-percent approval rating on the issue, while his overall approval rating has dropped 3 points, from 47 percent to 44 percent, during the same two-month period.


His rating on taxes dropped from 41 percent to 36 percent, and his handling of the federal budget deficit also dropped five points, to 26 percent.

Additionally, “Obama’s approval ratings on race relations, terrorism, and education remain positive on balance, with each changing little since Gallup last measured them. His approval ratings on foreign affairs, immigration, and health care policy are all moderately negative but little changed.”

While he’s vacationing now, Mr. Obama in recent weeks used a series of planned presidential speeches on the economy to set his terms for looming battles this fall with House Republicans over spending priorities and raising the country’s debt limit.

It was also an attempt to breathe new life into his second term, which has been sidetracked by scandals including surveillance by the National Security Agency and abuse of power by the Internal Revenue Service.