Earlier this month, the Washington Free Beacon's Matthew Continetti wrote a great op-ed about how President Obama has pretty much given up; his reputation as a transformative figure in politics is over. Right now, it seems as if he's looking towards his post-presidency.
The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll numbers on his presidency seem to support that hypothesis (via WSJ), prompting NBC Political Director Chuck Todd to declare the resulsts "a disaster for the president." Todd added, "Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over."
[A] New Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds Mr. Obama's job approval rating at 41%, matching a previous low. Approval of his handling of foreign policy hit a new low of 37%. Both numbers are driven in part by conflicts largely outside the president's control, including a new wave of sectarian violence in Iraq.
At the same time, Americans seem to be losing faith in Mr. Obama's ability to accomplish his goals, with 54% of those polled saying they no longer feel the president "is able to lead the country and get the job done," compared with the 42% who said he could. And 41% said his administration's performance has gotten worse over the past year, compared with the 15% who noted improvement.
Over at the Washington Examiner, T. Becket Adams added that Hispanics helped drive down the president's approval rating:
The recent decline is notable in that it has been rather sudden, consisting of several sharp dips occurring just after the start of this year. Also notable: The president has lost a considerable amount of support from the Hispanic community, his approval rating plummeting to 44 percent, down from its previous posting of 67 percent in January 2013. The decline comes at a time when the border between the U.S. and Mexico has been overrun with thousands of abandoned immigrant children and teenagers.