Obama Drops to His Lowest Approval Rating Ever as Obamacare Scandal Explodes

National   Steven Ertelt   Nov 13, 2013   |   12:15PM    Washington, DC

With millions of Americans losing their health insurance thanks to the Obamacare health care law that pro-life groups warned would ration care, President Barack Obama is now at his lowest approval rating ever of his presidency.

American voters disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing by a 54-39 percentage point margin, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll that has him at his lowest marks ever. Even women disapprove 51 – 40 percent, according to the survey released today.

President Obama’s lowest score before today was a 55 – 41 percent disapproval in an October 6, 2011 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University. Today, disapproval is 58 – 37 percent among men, 91 – 6 percent among Republicans and 63 – 30 percent among independent voters. Democrats approve 79 – 14 percent. White voters disapprove 62 – 32 percent while black voters approve 75 – 15 percent and Hispanic voters disapprove by a slim 47 – 41 percent margin.
Voters in every income and age group disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with the biggest disapproval, 59 – 36 percent, among voters over 65 years old, the polling firm said.

The polling firm also noted that, for the first time today, American voters say 52 – 44 percent that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. His previous lowest marks on honesty were May 30, when 49 percent of voters said he was honest and 47 percent said he wasn’t.

“Like all new presidents, President Barack Obama had a honeymoon with American voters, with approval ratings in the high 50s. As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s. Today, for the first time it appears that 40 percent floor is cracking,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble. And any elected official with an 8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble.”
“President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency,” Malloy said.
American voters say 53 – 43 percent that the Obama Administration has not been competent running the government. By a similar 51 – 43 percent margin, voters say Obama is not paying enough attention to what his administration is doing.

The firm added: Only 19 percent of American voters say the quality of care they and their families receive will improve in the next year because of Obamacare , while 43 percent say it will get worse and 33 percent say ACA won’t affect their health care. Voters oppose Obamacare 55 – 39 percent, with men opposed 59 – 37 percent and women opposed 51 – 41 percent.

American voters are divided 46 – 47 percent on whether Obama “knowingly deceived” the public when he said people could keep their existing health insurance plans if they wished. Voters also support 73 – 20 percent extending the March 31, 2014 deadline for signing up for coverage without facing a penalty.

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“President Obama’s misstatement, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ left a bad taste with a lot of people. Nearly half of the voters, 46 percent, think he knowingly deceived them,” Malloy said.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,545 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp

Approve              39%     6%    79%    30%    37%    40%    32%    75%    41%
Disapprove           54     91     14     63     58     51     62     15     47
DK/NA                 7      4      6      7      5      9      6     10     12

                     POLITICAL PHILSPHY   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Lib    Mod    Con    <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve              73%    46%    12%    39%    40%    40%    36%    40%    40%    36%
Disapprove           18     47     84     52     55     56     54     51     56     59
DK/NA                 9      7      4      8      5      4     10      9      5      5
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 12  Oct 01  Aug 02  Jul 11  May 30  Jun 04  Nov 12
                     2013    2013    2013    2013    2013    2009*   2013

Approve              39      45      46      44      45      59      39
Disapprove           54      49      48      48      49      31      54