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RCP’s average ranking for Obama’s approval rate drops below 40 percent for the first time

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dipped so low in recent months over the failed roll out of the Affordable Care Act that the aggregate ranking of his approval rating, as conducted by Real Clear Politics, reached an all-time low of 39.8 percent on Tuesday.

The president’s disapproval rating, according to RCP, also rose to an all-time average high of 55.9 percent.

The news outlet determines its aggregate ratings by averaging together all the recent publicly released polls conducted. The two polls that factored the most into Tuesday’s numbers were the daily tracking studies by Gallup and Rasmussen Reports, which found the president’s approval ratings to be all-time lows of 40 and 44 percent, respectively.

Among other news sites that post aggregate approval ratings for the president, Talking Point Memo’s PollTracker shows Obama’s approval rating to be at 45.5 percent and Huffpost-Pollster shows his approval rating to be at 41.5 percent.

The continued drop in the president’s approval numbers comes just days after the administration failed to fix all of Healthcare.gov’s problems before its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline, leaving many Americans both confused about the law and unable to enroll in its signature healthcare exchanges in time for the Jan. 1 start date. A growing number of people have even started to doubt Obama’s leadership abilities, as a Rasmussen poll released last week found that 44 percent of Americans consider the president’s leadership to be “poor” – the highest it’s been in three years. Even young voters have started to turn against the president, as Fox News poll released last month showed that just 40 percent of registered voters under the age of 35 now approve of the president’s job performance in office.

As the National Journal pointed out last month, the president’s approval ratings aren’t likely to bounce back between now and 2017 based on historical trends of past presidents. And if RCP‘s latest numbers are any indicator of that, it’s only a matter of time before Obama’s numbers drop as low as his predecessor’s did during his second term in office.

 

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