53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president's approval rating was at 51% in CNN's last poll, which was conducted in early April. [...]Ha! They got him now! Wait, what? His approval rating actually ticked up? That is... but but... Benghazi!!!!!
The CNN poll is in-line with Gallup, which also indicated a very slight rise in Obama's approval rating over the same time period.
But there is a more important subtext in these numbers, and it's demographics. The tectonic shift in demographics that elected and re-elected Barack Obama remains in place, and remains in favor of him. According to the crosstabs, only 41% of whites approve of the president's performance, while an overwhelming 78% of non-whites approve. Men approve the president's performance by a 50-49 (+1) margin, while women approve the job he's doing by 56-42 (+14). That is a 13-point gender gap. Young people (18-34) overwhelmingly approve of the president 63-34, while those over 65 disapprove 44-54.
The disparities persist on questions of whether or not a respondent believes the president and the administration was honest in their responses to these investigations. Republicans remain as successful as ever in scaring a majority of white America and ginning up hatred against this president among the privileged. They remain an abject failure, though, in convincing the rest of us of the same. The demographic internals of this poll may as well be those of the 2012 elections. In other words, Republicans are doing what they know best to try to stir up scandals and gin up controversies, and they are being no more successful than they were last year, and for the exact same reason: a growing diverse American public isn't buying their mantra about how the Kenyan usurper is destroying America.
Republicans refuse to recognize that this president and his brilliant campaign team has been successful in forever changing the face of the American electorate, quite literally so. They refuse to understand that scaring up their base no longer amounts to scaring up America. They fail to see how anyone takes the sincerity of this president over the scandal-pushing of their side. But if the Republicans aren't going to realize that, maybe for their own sake in 2014, they should internalize this: people of color love this president, and a witch hunt against him will only drive us to the polls in big numbers next year.
We are a fundamentally different America than when Saint Ronnie Reagan ruled. We are more diverse, more colored, and in fact, more pro-government. We have seen this president stand up for our vision of America time and again - an America that is more socially progressive, has a better social safety net, stands for greater opportunity and public investment in our children as well as our infrastructure.
The people who elected this president aren't going away. We're not impressed by Republic tricks. We are not happy with the GOP slowing down the business of Congress to "investigate" these ginned up "scandals." That's why they are not only failing to dent the president's popularity, they are forced to watch in dismay as it actually rises during the "worst month of scandals."