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President Obama's approval rating hits all-time low

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Obama’s approval rating is just 42 percent.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Nov. 1, 2013 at 7:16 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that President Barack Obama’s approval rating is lower than it has ever been -- just 42 percent of respondents said that they approve of the president’s job performance.

Obama’s disapproval rating is now tied with his all-time high approval, with 51 percent of respondents saying they disapprove of his job in office.

The pollsters couldn’t find any one reason for approval of Obama’s job performance being so low and instead attribute it to a combination of factors including the NSA spying scandal, the government shutdown and issues with the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov.

“Personally and politically, the public’s assessment is two thumbs down,” said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “We’re mad as hell as we’re not going to take it anymore.”

In addition to his job performance, Obama’s personal ratings are way down, with 41 percent viewing him favorably and 45 percent viewing him unfavorably.

The dip comes as approval ratings are down for many politicians. House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all had very low poll numbers, and the entire Republican Party was viewed unfavorably by 53 percent of those polled.

The poll also found that 63 percent of people want to replace their own member of Congress, the highest percentage ever recorded.

The poll, conducted Oct. 25-28 among 800 adults -- including 240 cell phone-only respondents -- has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points.

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