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Obama Approval Rating Drags Down Fellow Dems Ahead of Midterms

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President Barack Obama speaks in support of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on November 2, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 03 Nov 2014 09:56 AM

Obama's approval rating is dragging down fellow Democrats in congressional and gubernatorial races across the country ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

Over the weekend, he rallied voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, but continues to steer clear of states with tight races like Colorado, where his presence could hurt incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, and help the Republicans regain the Senate.

"The rock-star rallies of years past are a distant memory," wrote NPR, summing up Obama's role in the current election cycle. 

The Weekly Standard pointed out that Obama's approval rating soared in the months after he became president, but has been in "the 40s for 18 of the 19 quarters since his Senate allies passed Obamacare (over unanimous GOP opposition) on Christmas Eve 2009."

For several weeks in October, Republicans spent more on political ads criticizing Obamacare than on ads focused on the economy, immigration, or energy — showing that American's distaste for the new law and its botched rollout still have political traction 5 years later.

"It’s Obamacare — yes, still," wrote Ross Douthat in a weekend op-ed for The New York Times.

"The healthcare law is Obama's signature issue, it remains largely unpopular (even if support for full repeal is weak), and its initial stumbling coincided with the sharpest second-term drop in the president's approval."

Even worse news for the Democrats is polling data showing a sharp drop in support among Hispanics. Obama is down to a 50-percent approval rating among the group, "far shy of his 71 percent support among Hispanic voters in the 2012 election," The Washington Post reported.



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