David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
21:44 GMT, 19 November 2013
21:54 GMT, 19 November 2013
President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have hit a new low, as accumulating pressure from the failures of his Obamacare program is reaching critical mass with the American people.
Just 42 per cent now say they approve of the president’s job performance. A whopping 57 per cent disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, with 46 per cent saying they strongly oppose it.
And in a stinging indictment of the White House’s main policy achievement, 71 per cent of Americans say the project’s implementation should be delayed.
The real public opinion picture may be even worse than that for Democrats, since 31 per cent of those polled in a Washington Post/ABC News survey, released Tuesday, were Democrats – and just 24 per cent were Republicans.
Pollsters interviewed 1,006 U.S. adults between Thursday and Monday, in the first measurement taken since President Obama made a brief apology on TV for failing to fulfill his promise that Americans who liked their health insurance plans would be allowed to keep them.
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Americans are divided along party lines about whether the Obamacare system can be fixed. That question split poll respondents 49-49.
But 58 per cent blame ‘policy mismanagement,’ not innocuous ‘startup problems,’ for the millions of insurance cancellation letters that have flooded U.S. mailboxes this fall.
There is likely to be political fallout from Obamacare that transcends the Obama legacy.
Americans say they will favor, by a considerable margin, congressional candidates in 2014 who oppose the Affordable Care Act.
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‘Americans by a 16-point margin, 37-21 percent, are more likely to oppose than to support a candidate for Congress who favors Obamacare,’ wrote the polling company, Langer Research.
‘That’s opened up from an even score in July 2012.’
In addition to his career-worst overall approval rating, the president has hit a new low in the public’s estimation of his leadership skills. A majority, 56 per cent, now say he is not a strong leader. Just 46 per cent say he is.
In January, 61 per cent of Americans said Obama was a strong leader. In April 2009 that number reached a high water mark of 77 per cent.