Obama Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low

    October 31, 2013

The numbers are in and President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped to an all-time low of 42 percent according to a new poll from NBC News and Wall Street Journal. This is a drop in 5 percentage points from his previous approval rating in this poll, a rather significant drop after Obamacare went into effect at the beginning of the month.

Obama’s all-time approval high in this poll, which is updated a few times per year, was at 61 percent back in April 2009, just months after he took office. When the people that took the poll were asked about their general feelings towards the president, 24 percent responded that they felt”Very Positive” towards the president and 32 percent said they felt “Very Negative.”

According to NBCNews, there is no single reason to explain Obama’s approval rating drop. Instead, “they attribute it to the accumulation of setbacks since the summer–allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, the debate over Syria’s chemical weapons, the government shutdown and now intense scrutiny over the problems associated with the health care law’s federal website and its overall implementation.”

The NBCNews/WSJ poll also asked some other questions about how people felt about Obamacare and the general state of the country. Apparently most Americans are pretty dissatisfied with, well, everything.

Republican and Democratic Parties

The president wasn’t the only one to get steamrolled in this new poll. Only 6 percent of pollsters felt “Very Positive” about the Republican Party, while only 15 percent felt “Very Positive” about the Democratic Party. Considering the government shutdown that ended just a couple of weeks ago, no surprise there.


Information was also released on how people feel about the new healthcare law. Just under half of the voters thought Obamacare was a really bad idea, while 37 percent thought it was a very good idea. About 14 percent of people polled were still undecided on how they felt about the law.

Direction of the U.S.

When people were asked about how they felt about the direction the country is heading in, only 22 percent of people polled thought the country is heading in the right direction. A whopping 70 percent of people thought the country is on the wrong track. These numbers were pretty consistent with another question asked about the general decline of the country. 63 percent of people say that the United States is in a general state of decline and only 34 percent thought the country was fine.

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