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Poll: Obama's Approval Rating at All-Time Low

Poll: Obama's Approval Rating at All-Time Low

By Adam O'Neal - November 12, 2013

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows President Obama's approval rating at an all-time low, with only 39 percent of respondents approving of the job he is doing, as opposed to 54 percent who feel otherwise. The president’s rating has dropped six points since Oct. 1, when the government shutdown began.

Obama has seen his approval rating dip among a wide range of demographic groups. He fares poorly with women -- who disapprove by 51 percent to 40 percent -- but performs even worse with men: only 37 percent approve of his handling of the job. Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said that “any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble.”

A plurality of voters in every age group disapprove of the president, with senior citizens most strongly expressing opposition. And although Obama remains popular with African-Americans, nearly twice as many whites disapprove as approve. And 47 percent of Hispanics express disapproval, six points more than those that approve.

Obama has also lost ground with independent voters. Nearly two-thirds of those without a party affiliation disapprove of the job he’s doing, and only 30 percent approve. Ninety-one percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats disapprove.

A record majority of Americans, 52 percent, say they do not believe the president is honest. Only 44 percent think he is trustworthy. Malloy added that “any elected official” with that kind of trust deficit “is in serious trouble.”

Polling about the Affordable Care Act also should concern the White House. Less than a fifth of Americans think their health care will improve in the next year because of the law. And voters widely oppose the ACA by 55 percent to 39 percent. They are almost equally divided on whether or not the president “knowingly deceived” the public when he said the insured could keep their coverage plans if they liked them.

The president also has a negative approval rating for his handling of health care, foreign policy, immigration, the federal budget, and the economy. What’s more, congressional Republicans earned more trust than Obama when it comes to who can do a better job handling health care, immigration, the budget, and the economy.

Obama’s lowest approval rating from Quinnipiac before Tuesday’s poll was a 41 percent approval rating in October 2011.

The survey of 2,545 adults was conducted Nov. 6-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points. 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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