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ABC-WaPo Poll: ACA Is Behind Obama's Plunging Poll Numbers

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 07:05 PM

A new poll reveals that President Barack Obama's approval rating has plummeted to 41 percent, and a big part of the downgrade comes from his handling of the Affordable Care Act rollout, says Washington Post reporter Peyton Craighill, who wrote about the results.

"Right now, his numbers are certainly not good," Craighill told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, referring to the ABC News-Washington Post survey.

"When we asked people whether or not they thought the implementation of the law was going better than expected or worse than expected, 50 percent say it's been going worse than what they expected and 41 percent said better.

"What's perhaps even more complicated and troubling for the Obama administration in terms of turning opinions around on the situation is the fact that pluralities or majorities say that the overall healthcare system in this country is worse, not better, since the law went into effect,'' he said Tuesday.

Craighill said that because 58 percent say the overall costs of healthcare are increasing, Obama is in "a really troubling spot."

But how the problems swirling around the ACA as well as other issues affect the coming midterm elections remains to be seen, he said.

"Some of these issues . . . are political winners for the Democratic side. People do trust Democrats more on handling the minimum wage, trust them for what they can do for the middle class," Craighill said.

"But that has not translated into any kind of potential electoral advantage for Democrats in the midterm elections."

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Also unclear is how Obama's handling of Russia as it continues an aggressive military push into Ukraine will play out, he said.

"His approval is very low on handling the situation in Ukraine, just 34 percent. If you look at the other side, 46 percent disapprove, which certainly isn't good, but it's not terrible. It's not a majority," Craighill said.

"What's really happening here [with Ukraine] is there's a big chunk, 20 percent, of the public are unsure about this. It's a complicated situation, it's really unclear what the right path is."

"We've done previous polling about whether or not people support or oppose imposing sanctions, and that's relatively popular," he said. "But then the idea of any type of military involvement is very much unpopular."

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