MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act, along with other policy failures, have sent President Barack Obama’s approval rating to the lowest point of his presidency.
According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, voters disapprove of President Barack Obama’s performance by a 54-39 percent margin. The numbers have tanked in recent weeks, with a 49-45 percent disapproval rating reported by Quinnipiac just one month ago.
Voters across every income and age group disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with the strongest disapproval coming from voters over 65 years old.
In addition, the Q-Poll found that voters for the first time say Obama isn’t honest and trustworthy, 52-44 percent. His previous lowest mark for honest and trustworthiness was on May 30 when 49 percent said he was honest and 47 percent disagreed.
“Like all new presidents, President Barack Obama had a honeymoon with American voters, with approval ratings in the high 50s. As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s. Today, for the first time it appears that 40 percent floor is cracking,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency,” Malloy said.
Breaking the numbers down further: “Obama gets a positive 52 – 42 percent approval rating for handling terrorism, with negative grades for handling other issues”
- 38 – 53 percent on foreign policy;
- 35 – 53 percent on immigration;
- 32 – 62 percent on the federal budget;
- 36 – 60 percent on health care;
- 38 – 59 percent on the economy
American voters are divided 46 – 47 percent on whether Obama “knowingly deceived” the public when he said people could keep their existing health insurance plans if they wished. Voters also support 73 – 20 percent extending the March 31, 2014 deadline for signing up for coverage without facing a penalty.