Obama’s Dismal Approval Ratings Take Another Dive
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The Fiscal Times
December 10, 2013

It’s been a rough year for President Obama, and the public seems to be taking note.

The president’s disapproval rating stands at an all-time high of 53 percent, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll released Tuesday.  That’s the highest on record since he took office in January 2009. A separate poll released Tuesday by The New York Times shows 58 percent disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy.

These are just the latest in a spate of disappointing polls for the president, whose approval rating has hovered in the low 40s for the last several months in the wake of the 16-day government shutdown and Obamacare’s disastrous rollout.

The president’s dwindling credibility is not lost on the White House. On Tuesday the Obama administration announced that it is deploying a former Clinton administration official to lead the rescue mission. John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, will be counselor to the president. According to the New York Times, Podesta will assist White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough on the healthcare law, as well as executive actions and administration organization.

Reviving President Obama’s approval rating, however, is a heavy lift.

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Indeed, even demographic groups that once overwhelmingly supported him seem to be losing faith in the man they helped put in the White House. The president’s approval rating among young Americans, ages 18-29, has fallen to a measly 41 percent, down 11 points from April, according to a survey released last week by the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Fifty-four percent said they disapprove of the president's performance.

Similarly, Obama’s approval rating among Latinos has plummeted this year—it’s down 23 points from last December, according to the latest Gallup poll, which found that his approval rating dropped more among Latinos than the other 40 subgroups.

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Of course, Obama’s not alone. Americans are certainly not happy with other elected officials in Washington. The McClatchy-Marist poll shows 33 percent of people approve of congressional Democrats vs. 22 percent for Republicans.

When asked what grade they would give every lawmaker in Washington, a plurality of Americans, 38 percent, said they would fail them. Some 31 percent would assign them a “D” and 25 percent would give them a “C.”

Just 1 percent of the public said they would give their elected officials an “A.”

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Washington Correspondent Brianna Ehley, based in D.C., covers Congress, government agencies and spending issues, health care, and tax and economic policy for The Fiscal Times.