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June 17th, 2013
06:13 PM ET

Analysis: Obama overseas, poll numbers under water

The president's approval rating has dropped eight percentage points over the past month– leaving him at 45%. It is his lowest rating in more than a year and a half. He can thank scandals from the National Security Agency surveillance leaks, to the continued questions over the Benghazi attack for that dip.

"This administration has gotten pretty good at riding the ebbs and flows of poll numbers," said chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine Mark Leibovich. "In the second term it's easier to sort of, not shrug it off,  but certainly to ride it out a little bit."

"The president's trend line on his popularity, and the level of trust that Americans have for him, is going down, right as many Americans feel the economy is starting to recover, and their perception's about the economy's starting to go up," said CNN contributor and former senior adviser to Mitt Romney Kevin Madden.

"Usually the president rides those numbers up," said Madden. "There may be an erosion here on attributes, whether or not you can trust this president ... that may cause some irreparable harm for his second-term agenda."

Congress is also having incredibly poor approval ratings, barely out of the single digits.

"When you look at voters' opinions on economies and jobs, he's actually unchanged," said democratic strategist Tracy Sefl. "There is not that devastating dip that others are trying to portray.

Check out our full political panel discussion, including analysis of Americans' opposition to getting involved in Syria, in the video above.

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