President Barack Obama is near matching his all-time low in job approval in the Gallup Poll.
The 39 percent approval rating reported by Gallup today — an average of surveys conducted Saturday through Monday — is close to the 38-percent low the president scored in August and again October of 2011.
His disapproval rating has climbed to 53 percent, his highest disapproval since Oct. 10-12, 2001.
The decline — his approval rating stood at 53 percent in mid-August —
comes in the midst of the problems the administration is having with
the rollout of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges.
The partial shutdown of the government that ran 16 days obscured the
initial problems that Healthcare.gov was having enrolling people in the
exchanges that opened Oct. 1.
Since then, the focus has turned to promises the president made
before the law was enacted in 2010 that all would be able to keep their
own insurance if they liked it. Some 5 percent of Americans who purchase
their own insurance are now seeing cancellations or rising costs for
the improved coverage required under the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act.
Last week, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported
that the president’s approval rating had reached an all-time low int
their surveys — 42 percent job approval. His disapproval stood at 53
percent. (Continues at Bloomberg)