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The government surveillance programs targeting American citizens, the Internal Revenue Service's crack down on tea party and other conservative groups, the Justice Department's secret collection of journalists' phone records, and the handling of an attack in Benghazi that left the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead, are just some of the controversies the White House has been battling in recent weeks.
Now the President seems to be paying the political cost. A new CNN/ORC International survey indicates an eight percent drop in the President's approval ratings to %45, his lowest in almost two years. It's the first time in Obama's presidency that over half of the public says they don't think he's trustworthy.
Over six in 10 Americans believe that government is so large and powerful that it threatens the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans, higher than the 52% who disapproved of George W. Bush in 2006, when government surveillance also made headlines.
The President's approval rating on terrorism has also dropped by 13-point since mid-May.
But politics aside, according to the poll, views of Obama's personal characteristics have also declined.
The number of Americans who think he is honest has dropped nine points over the past month, to 49%.
53% of those questioned say he cannot manage the government effectively. And although Fifty-two percent say the president is a strong and decisive leader, it's down six points from last month.
The drop in Obama's support is fueled by a dramatic decline among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal to the President and his administration.