Over the last month, public approval polls have come out showing extremely low ratings for Congress and the presidency, mainly due to the bitter fighting of the two week long shutdown earlier this month.
The results for one of these polls, from Gallup, that was published on Monday reveals that Pres. Obama's approval ratings are now nearing a new low of 44.5 percent during his 19th quarter in office.
“The 19th quarter, which ran from July 20-Oct. 19, is now the third in a row in which Obama's job approval rating has declined. The current slump followed five consecutive quarters -- the 12th through the 16th -- of higher job approval,” writes Jeffrey M. Jones for Gallup.
These are the lowest approval numbers for Obama that Gallup has reported in two years
Jones speculates that the reasons for Obama's low approval numbers is due to the president's support for a military strike on Syria, which was highly unpopular among the American public, and for the president's role in this month's government shutdown.
Regarding Congress, their approval rating is even lower, at 12 percent, which is near a record low 10 percent, according to a poll from CNN.
Obama's approval outranks that of House Republicans, though. According to the CNN poll, only 31 percent of respondents said they trust the Republicans in the House more than the president to handle the country's problems, whereas 44 percent said they trust the president more.