Obama Nearing All-Time Low in Gallup Approval Ratings: 39%

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the healthcare reform laws, known as Obamacare, at an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC, on November 4, 2013.

President Barack Obama is near matching his all-time low in job approval in the Gallup Poll.

The 39 percent approval rating reported by Gallup today — an average of surveys conducted Saturday through Monday — is close to the 38-percent low the president scored in August and again October of 2011.

His disapproval rating has climbed to 53 percent, his highest disapproval since Oct. 10-12, 2001.

The decline — his approval rating stood at 53 percent in mid-August — comes in the midst of the problems the administration is having with the rollout of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges.

The partial shutdown of the government that ran 16 days obscured the initial problems that Healthcare.gov was having enrolling people in the exchanges that opened Oct. 1.

Since then, the focus has turned to promises the president made before the law was enacted in 2010 that all would be able to keep their own insurance if they liked it. Some 5 percent of Americans who purchase their own insurance are now seeing cancellations or rising costs for the improved coverage required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Last week, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported that the president’s approval rating had reached an all-time low in their surveys — 42 percent job approval.  His disapproval stood at 53 percent.

Former President George W. Bush averaged 37 percent approval in his second term, the Gallup Poll found, and left office at a 35 percent approval rating. His own numbers have improved since then.

The record high averages in second terms: Bill Clinton at 61 percent, Dwight Eisenhower 60.

The record low: Richard Nixon at 34 — close to Harry Truman’s 36 percent — the first president whom Gallup started tracking.

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