Brutal new poll for Obama, especially on the details

Quinnipiac University has released its latest poll of President Obama’s approval rating and opinions on various political issues of the day, and the results aren’t pretty:

American voters disapprove 54 - 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his lowest approval rating in any Quinnipiac University national poll since he became president, as even women disapprove 51 - 40 percent, according to a national poll released today.

Perhaps even worse, for the first time in their polling, Quinnipiac finds a majority of voters (52%) think the President is not “honest and trustworthy”:

“Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble. And any elected official with an 8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble.”

“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.

President Bush’s party lost control of both the House and the Senate a year later, and with less favorable electoral maps to the opposition party at the time than what we’re seeing for next year’s elections.

As bad as the overall ratings are, the specific issue approval ratings are even worse. Ironically, after Fort Hood, Boston, the drone war, and NSA leaks, the only issue where Obama has a positive approval rating is terrorism. On every other issue, he is at least 15 points underwater:


Shockingly, the House GOP now has a slightly higher approval rating (41%) than President Obama (40%) on immigration. Apparently voters are holding the President accountable for the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill dying in the House. Strangely enough, he has been underwater on immigration most of the year, as the Senate debated and ultimately passed that bill:


While I and many other libertarians personally support the idea of immigration reform, this could put new wind in the sails of conservatives determined to oppose a bill.

Like immigration, more people now support House Republicans (43%) on healthcare than the President (42%). Overall opposition to Obamacare has risen to 55%, and a plurality (43%) now think the law will make their personal healthcare situation worse next year. Somehow 33% think Obamacare will have no effect on their healthcare. Heh.

While these numbers should be encouraging for Republicans, especially for their electoral prospects just one year from now, they should also tread carefully. 47% still don’t think the President “knowingly deceived” the public with his “keep your plan” pledge (though 46% do), and 50% also say Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should keep her job, despite the implementation failures so far.

Obama may be on the ropes now, but an overplayed hand by the GOP (see: shutdown) could easily bounce him back to safe territory.

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