According to a new Obama poll, the popularity of President Barack Obama has reached a new low. The poll, conducted by The Pew Research Center, shows that Obama’s approval rating has plummeted 14 points since last Dec., says a Nov. 8 Washington Times report. The Obama poll shows that the main reason behind the Obama approval rating drop is the stagnation of the president’s election promises whose implementation has been slowed, in part, by the stubborn Republican opposition.
The Obama poll, released Friday, revealed that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s management, compared to only 41 percent who view Obama in a positive light. It was only 11 months ago when 55 percent of citizens gave positive feedback on Obama’s approval rating.
According to the poll, behind the eclipse of the popularity of the first black president is citizen dissatisfaction at the way the White House handled foreign policy and immigration issues, as well as health and economic priority areas within the agenda of the administration.
Obama’s score on the handling of the economy is the worst of his presidency, 65 percent disapprove. In regards to health, Obama received an approval rating of 37 percent, amid strong criticism of the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. Such an arrangement, considered the main achievement of the Democratic administration, obliging all citizens to purchase health insurance starting in 2014 under threat of fines of up to 2.5 percent of salary.
In recent weeks, technical failures on the government website healthcare.gov prevented many Americans from applying for healthcare insurance, which fired up Republican criticism. The GOP are reluctant to legislate with the President, which generates continuous discussions and stagnation of different laws, a situation that even caused a recent government shutdown.
The Republicans are also trying to trip the president on immigration, given their opposition to the legalization of more than 11 million undocumented immigrants. The Senate Democratic majority approved in June a law that provides greater security on the border with Mexico and offers a path to citizenship, yet Republicans refuse to take a vote in the lower house. Such facts seem to upset the American people, who are undoubtedly fed up with the country’s political class. Several other surveys also revealed that the majority of Americans express dissatisfaction with all Capitol officials, in both parties.
President Barack Obama recently made an appearance in New Orleans, a major port and the largest city in Louisiana, in order to deliver a speech on boosting exports to improve the economy
“Let’s make it easier for more businesses to expand and grow and sell more goods made in America to the rest of the world. Let’s make sure we’ve got the best ports and roads and bridges and schools. Let’s make sure our young people are getting a great education,” Obama said.
“Let’s give everybody a chance to get ahead, not just a few at the top, but everybody. If we do that, if we help our businesses grow, our communities thrive and our children reach a little higher, then the economy is going to grow faster. We’ll rebuild our middle class — stronger.”
Analysts said that since New Orleans is a longtime Democratic stronghold in a state dominated by Republicans, travel can benefit the president’s approval ratings in other parts of Louisiana.