- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

President Obama’s favorability is now below that of all his other living predecessors in the White House, including former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll.

Americans were split, 49 percent to 49 percent, on Mr. Obama, while 52 percent had a favorable opinion of Mr. Bush compared to 43 percent with an unfavorable one, according to results from a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.

Mr. Bush’s rating was his most positive since April 2005.

Former President Bill Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush each had a 64 percent favorable rating, while Mr. Carter had a 56 percent favorable rating.

Mr. Obama’s job approval rating is also back underwater now as more Americans say things are going badly in the country compared to March.

Fifty-two percent of Americans disapprove of how the president is handling his job, compared to 45 percent who approve. In a March poll, 48 percent approved and 47 percent approved.

Similarly, 52 percent say things in the country are going badly, compared to 47 percent who say things are going well. In March, 53 percent said things were going well — the highest share of Mr. Obama’s presidency.

Amid the high-volume debate on Capitol Hill over the Patriot Act, 67 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the president’s handling of government surveillance of U.S. citizens.

Sixty-three percent disapprove of his handling of the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Sixty percent disapprove of his handling of immigration, and 53 percent disapprove of his handling of the economy.

He fared best on race relations; 50 percent approve of his handling of that issue, and 47 percent disapprove.

The poll of 1,025 American adults was taken May 29-31 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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