No Love for Obama as Approval Ratings Hit Record Low in New Poll

Democrats and blacks still have his back, however

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LARRY DOWNING / Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while he talks about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013

Update: 5:35 p.m.

President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy.

When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings even in some of his key demographics: just 41 percent of voters 18 to 29 years old and 50 percent of Hispanics said they approved of the job he was doing. On the upside, however, 76 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of black voters polled said they approved of Obama.

A national survey by the Pew Research Center and USA Today released Tuesday and conducted between Dec. 3 and Dec. 8 among 2,001 adults had a slightly different take: the survey said Obama’s steadily declining job rating actually showed modest improvements this December for the first time since last spring. Plus, the researchers found that the president engendered more public confidence on health care policy than Republican leaders in Congress did.

However, like the Quinnipiac poll, the study found that more people disapprove than approve of President Obama’s job performance and that the general trend is down, even taking this most recent bump into consideration. The Affordable Care Act have had an overall negative affect on the president’s popularity in 2013.

“A rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say about the president,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The President dragged down Democrats too. For the first time this year, 41 percent of American voters said that they would vote for a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives, verdus the 38 percent who said they would not.

This post was updated to reflect results of a Pew study released Tuesday.

41 comments
wldtrv
wldtrv

If he was not black,  he would have been impeached by now

therealdude
therealdude

I don't really care about Obama either but mostly because the more I know about him, the more I realize he's Bush only black and calls himself a Democrat. It's through Obama that I realized that we really don't have a choice anymore when we vote in elections.

Don't like the NSA spying on you...Ask yourself honestly "who would overturn it?"

Don't like so-called trade policies like "AFTAs" or the TPP that really just makes life harder for the middle class while making Wall Street billions? Ok, where's your choice there?

Don't like these never-ending wars we keep getting into or the endless continuation of the mistakes we made in the past? Ok, who do you go to that'll stop it?

I used to think people who claimed it was two faces of the same party were just old and bitter. After Bush/Obama, I realize they were right.

Lisa4OR1st
Lisa4OR1st

If you liked your canceled healthcare plan, Doctor and drug discounts then you will want to vote for Republicans as Democrats were the only ones to vote for ObamaCare. 


If you liked your privacy, thought the NSA should not be listening in on your phone calls, scanning your emails and watching you on your webcams, then you will want to vote for conservative Republicans as Obama and the Democrats sponsored this gross invasion of your privacy. 


If you believed our military's motto "not to leave a man behind" when our all volunteer military men & women risk their lives to protect our freedoms, then you will want to vote conservative Republican as our Democratic President and his hopeful successor Hillary Clinton ordered our military to stand down/not rescue our Ambassador and 3 other Americans being attacked in Benghazi Libya.


If you believe that every American should be treated equally under the law regardless of race, creed, color, religion and/or political persuasion then you must be true to your convictions and vote for conservative Republicans as Obama clearly instructed his IRS to target all conservative and Tea Party organizations to ensure they did not get their non-profit tax exempt status while rushing through applications for progressive Democratic groups. 


If you recognize the wisdom of our 2nd Amendment's right to keep and bear arms and that the Federal government's primary obligation to the American people is to protect our boarders, then you really must voter for conservative Republicans, as Obama's AG Holder caused the murder of one boarder agent and countless other innocent Mexicans when they offered the Drug cartels easy access to US manufactured guns purchased in the US in operation "Fast & Furious" yet they are taking every opportunity to force gun registration in order to confiscate our last resort for protection against our tyrannical government.  


If you liked your country and you want it back then you must support conservatives, period.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Asok-Keep dreaming. If the GOPeons were actually smart they would never vote for the GOP ever.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Compare Pres. Obama's rating with Congress, teh GOP, or their baggy political terrorist spawn. As the ACA becomes more widely used and know, Pres. Obama's ratings will improve. However, the GOP, who have historically NEVER prepresented the working class and who are the least productive Congress in American history will not improve. Sooner or later even the dull, bigoted working class GOPeons will se that the GOP have created most of the problems that Americans face today.

lindac
lindac

I was brought to this article in TIME from the "must reads" on the conservative website lucianne.com.  I have not read a TIME magazine in years and have never gone onto the TIME website.  It is nice to see this magazine not leaning left or right.  I plan on following TIME everyday and hope that my conservative friends follow suit.

AsokSmith
AsokSmith

When the full truth about obamacare finally arrives around March 2014, the voters will be hunting down Democrats in the streets with dogs and pitchforks. We won't need no stinkin polls then to tell us how POed folks are.

rcm
rcm

"The stupidest part of this poll are the poor white people who keep thinking the Republicans have their best interest ay heart"JennyCoCoCure. Ever THINK about what your writing?  The left has taken marginalization, exploitation and divisiveness to a new low, turning it into an  "art form" if you will and in the process have learned how to skew and subvert the U.S. Constitution as an aside. Using the rhetoric of "minority", "disenfranchised", "racial", "equal rights" etc that has resulted in the doubt and suspicion some Americans have towards the government and towards their fellow Americans.  The liberal can't view anyone with a different skin color or accent without labeling and stereotyping them, anything to keep from having to regard them for what they are-Americans-and in turn, to fill the vacuum in their lives resulting from their own selfishness and lack of humanity, become the surrogate to the world and the big brother to everyone different from themselves. Really the epitome of NERVE and insensitivity; but, such is the liberal.



rcm
rcm

The left's lockstep response to the platform of independent initiative and self-determination claimed by the conservative base is evinced in their open antagonism towards contemplative, fair, or respectful dialogue.  It is the sheep mentality, always looking for a Leader to absolve them of their personal responsibility and accountability (a word they avoid like the plague) to engage in the politics of creating and perpetuating a nation of secure, freedom loving people.  Even when the ship is sinking, if the leader says "full steam ahead" so go they. 

Kurtmudgeon
Kurtmudgeon

Is it more "racist" to say that Obama lies, or ignore the reality that he lies?  Everything from "Shovel Ready" to "Red Line" to "Keep your doctor and your plan" have proven to be untrue.  Let us hold a bi-racial leader to the same standards we hold a un-racial leader.  

JennyCoCoCure
JennyCoCoCure

The only thing this poll shows is how stupid Americans are. Right, turn the country over to the party that has done absolutely nothing to improve things. In fact, they've done everything they can to block every effort to get things done. Shutting down the government was a good idea to most Republicans. Morons!

sacredh
sacredh

This is good news for President Romney.

KyleBecker1
KyleBecker1

Why are we all supposed to care about the president's feelings? He is TRASHING the country, and has been for years. People are finally waking up to the lies of media outlets like this one. What about the feelings of the hundreds of millions of Americans whose lives his ridiculous policies are ruining?

LTurse2013
LTurse2013

I feel that the President of the United States should hold only one title and that is to Commanding Chief of this country and not Puerto Rico.  As the President of Puerto Rico, it seems that the United States has lost this country to Hispanics. I notice that Hispanics are demanding that President Obama provide them with jobs, education, housing and transportation but these demands should be strongly spoken to their leader in Mexico. As a leader of the United States, there should only be one country to rule over because as a man and not being a God it is highly impossible to avoid conflict of interest. I notice that millions of African Americans are constantly standing in long lines hoping for jobs while the Hispanics are given jobs and do not qualify. Also, I found myself having to be interviewed by a Hispanic for a job while I hold two degrees that woman  had none. To me, Hispanics  have taken control of the United States and no thanks to our leader their presence is unavoidable. I also notice that that United States citizens have to appease Hispanics as for me I owe no man nothing and someone maybe richer but not better than me. I feel that if we cannot serve two Gods either we despise one and love the other but no way in the world can one man serve or rule two different countries.  I feel that as the President of Puerto Rico there is no allegiance to the United States and it is always good to take care of home first.  Its not being racist but Hispanics have the best of both worlds they constantly call, text and visit Mexico and Puerto Rico but let a U.S. citizen go to their country we either are robbed, beaten or murdered. One day, the U.S. will see through  these foreigners and regret their sympathy cards and send them back to their own countries where they belong. I realize this world belongs to God but he did not create it solely for the enjoyment of Hispanics or Spaniards. If they are bold enough to cross the border into the U.S. and rage war about deserving freedom from our leader than nothing can stop them but us . . . lets stick together like them and fight for our rights because we are actually United States citizens. We deserve their wants and needs as much as they do.

30dB
30dB

As goes Obamacare so goes Obama, at least in Twitter.  With the exception of today where President Obama hit a high water mark of 51% positive in Twitter due to his attendance and speech at the ceremony for Nelson Mandela, the President's positive index is in lock step with the low positive index for Obamacare.  Over the last 120 days President Obama indexes at 36% positive to 29% positive for Obamacare but the mirrored trend lines of opinion for the two in Twitter tell the bigger story. 

RJWagner
RJWagner

"85 percent of black voters polled said they approved of Obama."


Well, you don't get to be the poorest, most crime-addled dysfunctional segment of American society without making a series of stupid mistakes.

anti-government
anti-government

LIBERALS DON'T LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE ONLY PRETENDED TO BE LIBERAL.


His foreign policies are indistinguishable from those of Bush. He seems to be seduced by the argument that being powerful makes one wise or morally correct. America continues its policies of imperialism under Obama.


Conservatives don't like him because his rhetoric is liberal so they can't see that he's really not liberal. Some Conservatives don't like him because of his ethnic background, but those people are beneath contempt so we don't need to explain why they hate Obama.


The reason liberals don't like him is that he's a liar. He's just another imperialist, not someone who wants to change our relations with the rest of the world to something more mutually agreeable.


So, let's see...not a liberal, not a conservative, Gee, no wonder he's unpopular!

Rz_7
Rz_7

is this because of the sweet danish pastry? LOL

barneydidit
barneydidit

I'd voter for a Republican over a Democrat in the House as well...IF the Democrat was as clearly unfit for the job as Sarah Palin was for hers, AND the Republican was a Moderate who had indicated a willingness to vote FOR a Democratic proposal if they thought it was a good proposal.

Obviously the second part of that equation isn't going to happen anytime soon- Republicans have been voting in unison against the President at every opportunity, even if it means voting against their own bills, since Obama took office in January of 09, so I'm pretty much stuck voting only for Democrats regardless of their competency level in order to keep another round of failed tax cuts and regulation reductions from occurring. 

therealdude
therealdude

I ROFL'd at the NSA privacy point. You do know that Bush enacted many of these provisions during his administration and they were continued and added to by Obama's, right? Vote Dem or vote Repub...but if I had a billion dollars to bet with you, I would bet you ever penny of it that the NSA powers will NEVER EVER be repealed...only added to. Of all the terrible things Bush did, that was the one I hated most and what I felt betrayed the most by Obama.

Frankly, I don't know what amazes me more these days...cons who are suddenly outraged that Obama's acting just like George W. Bush or the Dems who suddenly defend it.

soldatmitgott
soldatmitgott

@ThomasHall 

I won't vote for the DemocRats who have put the disaster of ObamaDontCare on America.

I will vote for the conservatives who will vote to repeal it. And now that Harry Reid as opened the 'nuclear option' it will make it easier when we take back the Senate in 2014.

MichaelSamra
MichaelSamra

@ThomasHall

  You left wingers crack me up when you say that congress's rating is lower than that of Obama..What you don't realize is the fact that congressmen only have to win their district and not the whole country and from that aspect,the GOP is fine.Obamcare is a mess and doctors are pointing this out to their patients left and right.

soldatmitgott
soldatmitgott

@ThomasHall  

Actually under the GOP, the middle class working people have done exceptionally well. One only needs to reflect back on the economic turnaround from the disaster that was Jimmy Carters fiasco. Reagan began the largest boom in the growth of the middle class. Bill Clinton did little to alter from that course and it continued to expand.

Then we have Obama and the bad economic polices of the DemocRats which have caused the national average income in America to not only cease increasing but actual lower from almost $55,000 a year to about $49,445 a year. Median income fell across all working-age categories, but was sharpest drop was among the young working Americans, ages 15 to 24, who experienced a decline of 9 percent.

And 49.2 million people living below the poverty level (for reference: The poverty line in 2010 for a family of four was $22,314.The poverty level for a single person under the age of 65 was $11,344. ) , it is the highest number of people in poverty in the all years the bureau has been publishing figures on it. 

Minorities were hit hardest. Blacks experienced the highest poverty rate, at 29 percent, up from 25 percent in 2009, and Hispanics rose to 27 percent from 25 percent. For whites, 9.9 percent lived in poverty, up from 9.4 percent in 2009. Asians were unchanged at 12.1 percent. 

 Last year more Americans fell into deep poverty, defined as less than half the official poverty line, or about $11,000, with the ranks of that group increasing to 20.5 million, or about 6.7 percent of the population. 

 The ongoing recession has continued pushing 25-to-34-year-olds to move in with family and friends to save money. Of that group, nearly half were living below the poverty line, when their parents’ incomes were excluded.

Liberal DemocRat polices and a failed leadership under Obama has failed America. Obama's approval will continue to fall as all of the effects of ObamaDontCare Unaffordable Health Care takes affect. It is most likely he will never recover to 50+% approval. And what is worse for Obama is a majority of Amerca now perceive him as untrustworthy and dishonest. This will make the likelihood of Obama getting any further of his agenda pushed through. And Obama's bad standing will undoubtedly damage DemocRats in the 2014 mid-term elections. They can forget getting control of the house, and holding the senate is now doubtful as well.

This is good... because REAL recovery can then begin!

Scott_Bishop
Scott_Bishop

@ThomasHall - When people figure out what a scam the ACA is, his ratings will decrease, just like they have been.  Even the uneducated folks who were hoping for free insurance are about to figure out what a scam this is.  And you seriously think only GOPers are bigots?  I certainly hope you don't wear a tin hat, too.

JennyCoCoCure
JennyCoCoCure

What policies are you referring to and how have they ruined lives?

HankB
HankB

@RJWagner

I remember a black woman being interviewed as to why she voted Obama. She said "I don't care, I just want MY money" meaning social programs.

True story. 

JennyCoCoCure
JennyCoCoCure

RJWagner, you are a racist moron. The stupidest part of this poll are the poor white people who keep thinking the Republicans have their best interest ay heart. I almost hope Republicans take over again so that the poor white people on food stamps, social security, Medicaid and other social programs can finally get a clue.

soldatmitgott
soldatmitgott

@anti-government 

Having dealt with the ongoing war on terrorism... (which by the way Obama refuses to acknowledge) doesn't make him a non liberal.

He is indeed the most liberal president ever elected. One needs look no further than socialized health care which is the very Holy Grail liberals have sought for almost 100 years. And it is the single largest engine for the redistribution of wealth in American history.

But if you need further proof of his liberal policies... merely examine his stand on the Constitution Second Amendment. Look at his policy to give amnesty to 11-20 million illegal aliens. At his opposition to securing the border. Look at his policy stance on same sex marriage. Look at his policies that destroy manufacturing jobs in America... example Cap and Tax.

Make no mistake about, he is indeed a liberal... but not just any liberal. You also will see he is a Marxist style socialist ideologue. a demagogic statist.

But you did get one thing right... he is indeed a liar. And according to the most recent polling about 55% of America knows it... or at least admits it.

   

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

 "The reason liberals don't like him is that he's a liar. He's just another imperialist, not someone who wants to change our relations with the rest of the world to something more mutually agreeable.


"Conservatives" shouldn't speak for liberals, since the only thing they know about them is from other "conservative" liars. Liberals like Obama OK, because he's basically honest and his heart seems to be in the right place. What they don't like is his centrist policies and failure to fight and talk like a liberal. Hardly surprising considering how liberalism has been effectively demonized and embargoesd by "conservatives" and centists for the past thirty years.

soldatmitgott
soldatmitgott

@barneydidit 

And I see Obama and Harry Reid have went out of their way to give any consideration to Republican proposals... refusing unilaterally to not even put them up for vote. What are DemocRats afraid of? That their might be a few reasonable DemocRats that might for them? Oh yeah the left has been cooperative... NOT!

RivalryMaker
RivalryMaker

When will you clowns figure out that a slide to the left is the beginning of the end? Read history. You are a prime example of how low info voters have taken over.


In a society where everything goes, everything eventually does.

tom.litton
tom.litton

I wonder how this will play out.  I see only 2 alternatives really:  The mainstream republicans win and must have bills generally go through without much hassle (although i don't see republicans shifting majorly to the left anytime soon).  


Or, republicans split and the "mainstream republicans" shift to the left to grab enough conservative democrat votes to win elections.


I think i would prefer the later, but it won't last.  Eventually one of the 2 extreme parties will get tired of losing and team up, then merge with the center party, and we will be back where we are now.

DavidAlexander
DavidAlexander

@soldatmitgott @ThomasHall I agree.....with Harry Reid doing that nuclear option....it will come back after mid terms to bite the Dems in the ass afterwards.....like Obamacre, the Dems should have thought about that first....but that would imply the dems have brains in the first place, which they clearly do NOT


soldatmitgott
soldatmitgott

@JennyCoCoCure 

Typical liberal..."if you disagree with Obama... you have to be a racist" The race card is your only defense for the disastrous polices of Obama and all DemocRats  white, black, brown, yellow, red.


If conservatives take over, you can bet job creation will increase and removal of the DemocRat restrictions on manufacturing companies (like Cap and Tax) will free up free market enterprises spurring REAL economic growth. Thus less necessity for Obama's ever growing welfare state will be needed.

Those on Social Security won't have to fear more theft by DemocRats and Medicare won't have billions stole from it like Obama did in 2012.

ccopeland48
ccopeland48

@JennyCoCoCure Well when you've been misinformed forever about a certain community what can you really expect but utter ignorance. People like RJWagner never learn anything other than what the puppet media says is true.

sacredh
sacredh

@RivalryMaker,

"Read history. You are a prime example of how low info voters have taken over."

1/4 of the GOP thinks the President is the anti-Christ.

Over half of the GOP thinks the earth is less than 10,000 years old. 

Maybe you should rethink what constitutes a low-information voter.