Obamacare Is Driving Down the President’s Approval Ratings

The rocky health-law rollout is affecting Obama’s numbers in other policy categories.

President Obama leaves the East Room following a press conference on November 3, 2010.
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 11, 2013, 2:32 a.m.

The pres­id­ent’s ap­prov­al rat­ings on health care policy have sunk to 37 per­cent, with im­mig­ra­tion and for­eign policy also com­ing in low at 32 per­cent and 34 per­cent, re­spect­ively, ac­cord­ing to new num­bers from the Pew Re­search Cen­ter.

The low num­bers could af­fect Obama’s abil­ity to ac­com­plish his re­main­ing goals, which in­clude im­mig­ra­tion re­form, ex­pand­ing ac­cess to early child­hood edu­ca­tion, and rais­ing the min­im­um wage.

A deputy Demo­crat­ic lead­er in the New Hamp­shire Sen­ate told The Wash­ing­ton Post that Obama could be a lame-duck pres­id­ent. “His cred­ib­il­ity is hurt, be­cause he said things that aren’t quite true,” Lou D’Al­les­andro said, re­fer­ring to the pres­id­ent’s pledge that if people liked their health cov­er­age they could keep it.

On NBC’s Morn­ing Joe on Monday, John Heile­mann, a journ­al­ist and a coau­thor of Double Down and Game Change, said the rocky rol­lout of Health­Care.gov has driv­en down Obama’s health care num­bers and is per­meat­ing the oth­er policy cat­egor­ies.


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