Depending on how much stock you put into political polls, President Obama has had a rough second term. The president is only saved by the fact that Congress' approval is drastically less.
Following his reelection in 2012, President Obama was sitting on an approval rating of 57 percent as the holiday season came by, according to Gallup. Since that time, President Obama has watched his approval drop following complications with his signature health care law and its website, healthcare.gov. With a sluggish economy slowly moving forward, President Obama's approval dropped to the lows 40s, dropping to a record low of 41 percent in November of 2013.
Not all is cause for concern, however, as President Obama has found some glimmers of hope with "Obamacare." As the enrollment deadline has come and gone, a reported 6 million Americans have signed up, though the administration is being tight-lipped on how many have actually payed for their health care plans. The economy is still the major issue with voters and unemployment is at a five year low of 6.7 percent. In a shot to anti-Obama talking heads, the most recent Rasmussen daily Presidential tracking poll has President Obama's approval rating at 49 percent, just 1 percentage point shy of the magic 50 percent threshold. Now, 50 percent of Americans say they disapprove of how President Obama is handling his job, it's basically an even split in the country, which is a big jump from the last 14 months.
The president is still polling strong with female voters, who support the president with a 52 percent approval. Unfortunately, men have a different take, with 54 percent saying they don't approve of how he is doing his job.
What needs to be taken into account is that the Rasmussen poll has been historically right-leaning. If a "conservative" poll is showing the president with an approval rating of nearly 50 percent, that could only be good news for the president and possibly Democrats leading into the 2014 mid term elections.