For the 1st time in his presidency on Tuesday, President Barack Obama’s approval rating sunk about below 40% in the Real Clear Politics average of eight prominent polls.
It is the latest in a series of approval-ratings lows for the president over the last few weeks, as problems with the Affordable Care Act’s rollout have lingered into the other month.
In the privacy polls, his approval rating has dipped about below the 40% level, but the parents of these polls confirm what is, for Obama, an unwelcome trend into the dangerous territory.
The sinking approval ratings don’t bode well for the Obama and his legislative agenda which, early next year, will a new push to the pass comprehensive immigration reform. They also present a plausible trouble for Democrats running for the election and re-election next year.
It has proven historically difficult for the recent presidents who dive into the 30s to rebound back to good approval rating, especially in their second terms in office.
George W. Bush at first hit 39% in Gallup’s daily tracking survey on the Oct. 13-16, 2005. He never moved back above 43% after that.
Three of the polls in the RCP percents have Obama’s approval rating at either 37% or 38%. Two more have it right at the 40%.
The biggest margin of an approval-to-disapproval split is an Economist/You Gov poll, that found that 37% approve and 58% disapprove.
In the last few days, the Obama administration has announced progress on fixing the dysfunctional HealthCare sites. Gov website, and enrollment number spiked in November.
From genuine Clear Politics, here’s a look at how Obama’s approval ratings have to shift from a high at the beginning of this running year until now: