"Almost everybody has been disappointed with [the president's] failure to fulfill the promise of transparency," Mr. Lipson said. "But millennials who live on the Internet have been really disturbed by the government's intrusive actions in terms of spying on what they consider private communications."
"One can only imagine what President Obama's ratings would be like if two other things were different: one, if he didn't have continuing, overwhelming support from the African-American community; and if mass media actually did their job investigating serious allegations against the administration on a whole range of issues — Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious," he said. "About 70 percent of the country thinks we're on the wrong track. The fact that the president's popularity remains around 40 percent is actually strikingly high given how many problems there have been."