In 2013, Obama’s approval rating also plummeted in America. His support among Americans is now 43 % according to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll, compared to 53% at the beginning of the year.Joyce Karam
In October as well, Snowden, the NSA leaker who sought exile in Russia, struck again. This time with revelations that Washington was snooping on Europe’s most powerful leader, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The scandal created a public diplomacy storm for the U.S. across Europe. Germany, where Obama was most popular all during his Presidency and where he gave two key speeches, was furious. Obama’s approval rating plummeted from 88% to 43% among Germans, and intelligence gathering faltered between the two governments. The Snowden leaks have had a huge political cost on the Obama administration in 2013, driving worldwide distrust in both the NSA’s techniques, and its ability to maintain discretion.