Poll: Obama Job Satisfaction Hits New Rock Bottom

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Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 08:56 AM

By Courtney Coren

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President Barack Obama's job-approval rating has hit a new rock bottom — in a state that is vital in national elections.

Quinnipiac University's poll in bellwether Ohio gives him the lowest rating the university's polling institute has ever found.

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According to the survey released Wednesday, Obama is underwater by 27 points in Ohio, which has picked the president in every election since 1964 and has been within 2 percent of the national vote since 1996.

He has a negative job-performance rating of 34 percent to 61 percent among registered voters, 10 points worse than the last time Quinnipiac asked the same question in June. Then, his rating was 36 percent to 59 percent.

His previous-worst polling was last week in Colorado, with a negative 36 percent to 59 percent.

"Clearly much of the reason for the president's decline in Ohio is 'Obamacare,' said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac's Polling Institute. "Ohio voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 59-35 percent. Perhaps more significantly, voters say 45-16 percent they expect their own healthcare to be worse rather than better a year from now."

This new low is telling, as Quinnipiac generally does not poll in dyed-in-the-wool red states. Instead it concentrates its surveys in nine blue and swing states — Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The figures look even worse for Obama when broken down.

Among Republican voters, just 3 percent say they are happy with his job performance, with 96 percent dissatisfied. Independents also give him a massive thumbs down, 30 percent to 64 percent. Democrats approve of Obama 69 percent to 25 percent.

When it comes to the president's honesty and trustworthiness, 57 percent to 39 percent of Ohioans do not believe or trust Obama.

"President Barack Obama's popularity is at a record low in Ohio, and the first time his approval rating has fallen below 40 percent in the state," said Brown. "This is a state considered to be a national bellwether, where he got 51 percent of the vote just 12 months ago."

And it is clearly Obamacare and its disastrous rollout that is to blame, says Brown. Ohio voters oppose the provisions of the Affordable Care Act by 59 percent to 35 percent.

"Perhaps more significantly, voters say 45-16 percent they expect their own healthcare to be worse rather than better a year from now," he said.

"If voters still feel that way about their own situation come November 2014, that is likely to create a political playing field beneficial for Republicans," Brown added.

The Quinnipiac poll also asked Ohio voters how they would vote if a presidential election were held today.

Likely Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton defeats all likely Republicans, although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is within 1 percentage point at 42 percent for Clinton and 41 percent for Christie.

Among other possible candidates, Clinton beats Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 49 percent to38 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 50 percent to 37 percent; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 48 percent to 39 percent; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 50 percent to 40 percent; Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, 49 percent to 41 percent; and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 50 percent to 35 percent.

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