Obamacare Backlash Pushes President's Disapproval to All-Time High

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Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 08:47 AM

By Melanie Batley

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A number of prominent national polls have found that more than half of Americans now disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing, hitting all-time highs as opposition mounts to the new healthcare law.

A Wall Street Journal/ NBC Poll conducted Dec. 4-8, found that 54 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed now disapprove of the job the president is doing, with 60 percent citing the Affordable Care Act as the main factor shaping their view of the president.

Forty-three percent still give him a positive approval rating.

Exactly half the public says they think Obamacare is a bad idea, according to the poll, compared to just 34 percent who think it's a good idea, also marking a record high.

A poll by CBS News/ New York Times released Tuesday put the figure even higher, with 54 percent saying they disapprove of the new healthcare law.

"The president is being weighed down by one issue, his healthcare law," said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who helped direct the Journal/NBC poll. "It's probably fair to say that as goes healthcare, so goes the Obama presidency for the next year."

Other polls released Tuesday also show that the president's disapproval ratings have escalated to their worst levels.

A Quinnipiac University Poll conducted Dec. 3 - 9, found that 57 percent of the 2,692 registered voters surveyed disapprove of the president, compared to 38 percent who approve. The disapproval figures mark an all-time high for the poll, and a three point increase in just one month since November.

An Associated Press-GfK poll released Tuesday indicated almost identical findings, with 58 percent of those surveyed giving the president a negative job approval rating compared to 42 percent who approve.

In addition, the Marist College/ McClatchy newspapers, Pew Research Center/ USA Today, and Bloomberg polls show the president's disapproval ratings over 50 percent, as well.

But the president has plenty of company, apparently, when it comes to low job performance ratings. The newly-released polls found major disapproval with the job Congress is doing.

In the Journal/ NBC poll, 79 percent said the performance of 113th Congress is one of the worst ever. The AP poll put the figure even higher with 86 percent of adults saying they disapprove of Congress. The CBS/ Times poll, meanwhile found 83 percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing.

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