Obama's Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon
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Since: Sep 10
#1 Dec 17, 2013
REUTERS/Jason Reed 12/17/13
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with newly-elected mayors about job creation in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, December 13, 2013.
President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office with the lowest approval ratings at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday.
Obama's approval rating in the poll stands at 43%. By comparison, President George W. Bush had a 47% approval rating at the end of the fifth year of his presidency. And all other Post-World War II presidents had approval ratings above 50%— with the exception of Nixon, who, amid the Watergate scandal, had a dreadful 29% approval rating.
The brutal numbers underscore what has been something of a lost year for the President. His approval ratings have been plunging recently as a result of the botched implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In the Washington Post/ABC poll, only 34% approve of how Obama is handling his signature health law's implementation.
Obama has also been hit by the damage of Washington's recent fiscal battles, including the 16-day federal government shutdown. His administration also experienced a number of setbacks throughout the year — the controversy over some of the National Security Agency's surveillance practices, the debate over military intervention in Syria, the controversy over the IRS' targeting of certain organizations for more scrutiny, and more.
Earlier this month, Obama's average approval rating, according to Real Clear Politics, slipped below 40% for the first time in his presidency.
Some of the key findings of the WaPo/ABC poll:
43% of respondents approve of Obama, compared with 55% who disapprove;
42% approve of how he's handling the economy; 55% disapprove;
34% approve of how congressional Democrats are handling their jobs; 64% disapprove;
24% approve of how congressional Republicans are doing their jobs; 73% disapprove;
On the question of who respondents "trust" to do a better job with the nation's problems, 41% say Obama, and 41% say congressional Republicans;
45% trust congressional Republicans more to handle the economy — 41% say Obama;
42% trust Obama more with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — 37% say congressional Republicans.
#2 Dec 17, 2013
TRAIN WRECK: Obama’s Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon.“President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office with the lowest approval ratings at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday. Obama’s approval rating in the poll stands at 43%. By comparison, President George W. Bush had a 47% approval rating at the end of the fifth year of his presidency. And all other Post-World War II presidents had approval ratings above 50%— with the exception of Nixon, who, amid the Watergate scandal, had a dreadful 29% approval rating.”
UPDATE: Pew: Liberal support for Obama at all-time low, worse than George W. Bush and conservatives. Just imagine what it would be like if the press treated Obama the way it treated Bush. Or Nixon, whom Obama more closely resembles.
ANOTHER UPDATE: ObamaCare Alone Didn’t Sink Obama.“Let’s be clear how rotten a year it has been even aside from the Obamacare fiasco. The president managed to get rid of only a sliver of the Bush tax cuts, to the dismay of liberals. He falsely predicted a catastrophe if the sequester occurred. He pleaded ignorance to scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and spying on reporters. He pleased neither hawks nor civil libertarians in his half-hearted defense of NSA surveillance. His intransigence in the government shutdown hurt him as well (although not nearly as much as it did the Republicans). And his frighteningly erratic behavior on Syria and dangerous appeasement of Iran rattled Congress, our allies and the American people (who now give him negative reviews on foreign policy). Finally, while the economic has ticked up the vast majority of Americans (79 percent in the Post/ABC poll) still think we are in a recession and a plurality (45 percent) trust Congress more than the president to fix it. In essence, Obamacare broke the back of his already faltering presidency.”
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Since: Oct 13
#3 Dec 17, 2013
Pew: Liberal support for Obama at all-time low, worse than George W. Bush and conservatives
Since: Dec 11
#4 Dec 17, 2013
It's depressing to see that 4% of Americans approve of Obama. Whoa, I read that wrong, 43% approve. I'm heading for the bar.
What's your guess where his approval rating would be after public defecation on the Lincoln memorial live on lamestream? I say 44% give or take.
#5 Dec 19, 2013
2 more years!
#6 Dec 22, 2013
shoulda voted romney.. but he's racist..
or hilary clinton..
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