Obama Job Ratings Drop into Bush Territory in Poll

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An activist holds a poster of President Barack Obama as he blocks traffic on in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 5, 2013, during a protest.

The year 2013 hasn’t been kind to President Barack Obama, who finished with approval ratings that match those of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Just 41 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s performance as president in a CNN/ORC International survey out today. That’s his lowest approval rating since taking office, and matches his score from a month ago. At the beginning of the year, as he prepared to be sworn in for his second four-year term in office, his approval rating stood at 55 percent.

Obama’s disapproval rating, 56 percent, also matched the high set last month, and is 13 points higher than it was at the start of the year.

Of those who disapprove of the president’s job performance, 12 percent said it was because he wasn’t liberal enough.

At the same point in 2005, the first year of his second term, Bush’s approval rating was also 41 percent. That compares to 56 percent for Bill Clinton, who later was impeached mostly along party lines by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and 63 percent for Ronald Reagan, a year off his 49-state sweep of the general election.

The survey of 1,035 adults, conducted Dec. 16-19, had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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