The botched rollout of Obamacare has done huge damage to the presidency of President Barack Obama, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Disapproval of his job performance has hit a career high and opposition to the new healthcare law has climbed sharply.
In nearly every category, from his support among independents to the young, Obama's support has plunged, according to the poll. Moreover, the poll shows evidence of a huge fallout for Democrats in the midterm elections a year off. Support for the law in critical "blue states" has also fallen greatly.
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Obama's overall approval rating stands at 42 percent, dropping six points in a month in the Washington Post-ABC News poll, his lowest rating yet.
Opposition to the new health care law also reached a record high: 57 percent said they are now against what is supposed to be Obama's biggest domestic policy achievement.
And 46 percent say they are strongly against it, whereas a month ago, as the enrollment period began Americans were about evenly divided over the law.
Obama's handling of Obamacare's rollout has a disapproval rating of 63 percent. Last month, 53 percent disapproved.
Overall, Obama is also at career lows for being a strong leader, understanding the problems of average Americans and being honest and trustworthy.
The last two categories are new lows for the Obama presidency, the pollsters wrote at ABC News. Overall, his "rating for strong leadership is down by 15 points this year and a vast 31 points below its peak shortly after he took office. In a new gauge, just 41 percent rate him as a good manager; 56 percent think not."
These are the first polling numbers since Obama apologized last week and acknowledged errors in how the Affordable Care Act was implemented.
Due to nagging problems with the federal website designed to allow people to sign up for insurance, seven in 10 Americans say the administration should delay what is known as the individual mandate.
This is a clause in the law that obliges all individuals to get health insurance or pay a fine.
The good news -- if there is any -- is that anger over the Affordable Care Act looks to be the "driving force" in Obama’s troubles. By nearly 2-1, or 63-33 percent, Americans strongly disapprove of his handling of implementation of the new health care law.
Overall, the public by 57-40 percent now opposes the law overall, its most negative rating to date, with opposition up by 8 points in the past month alone. In categories not involving the law, the public still views Obama relatively favorably.
That, of course, is of little comfort in a news landscape dominated by stories of the debacle.
"At 46 percent, “strong” opposition to the ACA – a new high – outpaces strong support by a record 19 points," according to ABC. "In terms of Obama’s job performance overall, strong critics outnumber strong approvers by 2-1, 44-22 percent, with strong disapproval at another career high. He’d run evenly on strong sentiment as recently as last May."
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Other dismal findings for Obama:
- Just 33 percent of political independents now approve of Obama’s work in office, while 63 percent disapprove. It's a career low for Obama among independents, down 21 points since January and 10 points in just the past month.
- Obama is also hurting among moderates. He dropped by 17 points in approval among this group since January, to 46 percent.
- Perhaps worst of all, Obama has lost his standing among the young. His overall approval rating among adults age 18 to 29 has plunged 23 points since January, his steepest loss in any group. Their view that the country’s headed in the wrong direction has gained 20 points since May. In the past month alone opposition to the Obamacare has jumped by 16 points among under-30s, with strong opposition up by 21 points.
- If the election were held today, Mitt Romney likely would have won, according to The Washington Post. Forty-five percent of Americans call Obama “too liberal,” matching the high, and 46 percent say the same about the Democratic Party. "Registered voters divide numerically in Mitt Romney’s favor, 49-45 percent, if they had a mulligan for the 2012 presidential election. While the difference between the two is within the poll’s error margin, Obama’s support is 6 points below his actual showing a year ago."
- The findings are particularly good news for Republicans looking to 2014 and beyond. In the states that backed Mitt Romney in 2012, Americans by 3 to 1, or 46-15 percent, say they’re "more inclined to oppose than to support a candidate who favors the law. And the law is no help even in the blue states that backed Obama. Thirty-one percent there say they are inclined to oppose an ACA-linked candidate, compared to 25 percent who’d be more apt to support one.
The poll was carried out November 14-17 among a random national sample of 1,006 adults. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points.
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