A new public opinion poll indicates that Americans may have concluded that President Barack Obama is less competent as a president than his immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush. According to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, Obama's approval rating has dropped to 41 percent, while a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign policy issues and they believe he is less competent than the administration of President George W. Bush after Hurricaine Katrina. He has also lost support within the Hispanic community. Public approval of Obama's handling of foreign policy has dipped to 37 percent.
In addition, only 30 percent of those polled believe that Obama should have exchanged five Taliban prisoners being held at the Guantanamo facility in Cuba in order to secure the release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl - an American soldier who abandoned his post and was held by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan for the past five years.
Veteran NBC political report Chuck Todd said on a June 17 news program that the American public has declared the Obama presidency to be over. "This poll is a disaster for the president," Todd said. "You look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina."
"On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over," Todd added.
Earlier on the same day, Todd said in an interview on NBC's Today Show that support for Obama is "cratering."