Obama loses approval as immigration debate rages on

Obama giving speechThe approval ratings of President Obama have taken a big hit over the course of the last few weeks, primarily due to the continuing stagnation of the immigration crisis.  This is according to Southwestern US Gallup, which provides polling and data drive news.

The agency reported on Friday that Obama’s handling of the immigration crisis has seen his approval rating fall to just 31% and that 65% of those surveyed disapprove of his current immigration policies.  The same poll was conducted this time last year and the disapproval of his immigration policies has risen by 10% during this time, while his current approval rating is his lowest since 2010 in his first term.

Obama’s immigration policies have been falling in popularity on both sides of the political divide over the last 12 months.  Republicans have slammed him for being too soft on amnesty, while advocates of immigration reform have criticized him for failing to make use of his executive powers to disregard the House of Representatives and push through the comprehensive immigration bill whether the Republican party likes it or not.

60% of Democrats currently approve of Obama’s immigration stance, compared with 25% of independents.  Only 8% of Republicans support this stance, however, with an astonishing 90% disapproving.  While nothing could please everybody, advocates for immigration reform continue to hope that Obama will make use of his executive powers to make the bill law.