Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 31, 2013
Forget the National Security Agency, Benghazi or Internal Revenue Service scandals – it took the first government shutdown in 18 years and the botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act to drop the president’s approval rating to its all-time low, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The poll, which was released Wednesday, recorded President Barack Obama’s approval rating at a mere 42 percent, a drop in five points from a poll conducted earlier in the month. Obama’s disapproval rating rose to 51 percent, tying an all-time high set in 2011.
Obama also appears to have lost traction with the American people as a result of the government shutdown earlier this month. Four in ten respondents said that they had a less favorable opinion of the president post-shutdown, compared to the 21 percent who have a more favorable opinion of the commander-in-chief.
Although the study didn’t measure the president’s approval rating when it comes to healthcare and the Affordable Care Act, it did find that a number of Americans have become more leery of the law over the past few weeks than they were before the roll-out began on Oct. 1. Forty percent of Americans are less confident in the law based on what they have heard about this month, while 47 percent believe it is a bad law in general – an increase of four percent since the beginning of the month.
Moreover, 28 percent of Americans believe the law needs major modifications to improve it, while 38 percent believe it needs minor ones.
The president’s approval rating has hovered in the forties over the past few months, between the debate over student loan interest rates and the budget talks. A Fox News study from August also found that just four in ten Americans approved of the president’s job performance, while his approval rating on economic issues dipped as low as 35 percent this past summer according to a Gallup study also released in August.
NBC News and The Wall Street Journal conducted a telephone study of 800 adults nationwide from Oct. 25-28, 2013. The study has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.