The approval rating of President Barack Obama has dropped to a record low. Public frustration with the government in Washington and pessimism about the direction of the nation may be the cause for the huge Obama approval rating drop, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal publication. President Obama lost five points this month and is at 42 percent approval ratiing, the worst figure since he took office in 2009, revealed the survey, which was released Oct. 31.
The joint research news media NBC News and Wall Street Journal also showed that 51 percent of respondents disapprove of his mandate and claim bad management from the Democratic president, who now faces strong criticism for technical failures on the Healthcare.gov site as well as insurance plans included in the health law.
Regarding that legislation, popularly known as Obamacare, 41 percent of citizens expressed that they had little confidence in its supposed benefits and 47 percent believe it was a bad idea, which is up four points from early October.
While the Obama approval ratings took a significant drop, the poll also revealed that 63 percent of voters want to replace their own members of Congress, the highest peak recorded on this question since 1992. Only 22 percent of those surveyed saw Republican lawmakers in a positive light and 53 percent have negative views about the members of the GOP. Furthermore, 45 percent of Americans prefer a Democratic majority in both houses of congress 41 percent want the opposite.
The survey was applied to 800 people from Oct. 25-28 and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
On the other hand, the public is divided over whether the problems associated with the Obamacare website are short-term, and can be solved soon, or a long-term problem which could be an indication of more troubling issues to come.
This is the worst Obama approval rating during his stay in office. Only two U.S. presidents had averages lower in the same quarter as Obama: Richard Nixon (during the Watergate investigation) and Lyndon Johnson (for the Vietnam War).
Obama’s unpopularity is due to his attempt to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria in late August and early September, and the partial government shutdown on October 1 to raise the national debt limit.
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