November 5, 2013
President Barack Obama’s rating in the daily Gallup poll has fallen to its lowest level since October 2011 as his administration continues to be tarnished by the rocky debut of his health-care program.
The Democrat’s approval rating stands at 39 percent in the survey, down since the start of October when the rollout of online health exchanges began. The last time his Gallup approval rating was at or above 50 percent was in late June.
“Obama had been able to ride out the shutdown pretty well and Republicans took the blame for that,” said David Redlawsk, a political science professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “Unfortunately for him, Obama became the next focus amid the utter disaster that was the rollout of healthcare.gov.”