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Obama approval rating: Detrimental to Democrats running in mid-term elections

President Barack Obama willing to be shunned by Democrats who want to be elected in 2014.
President Barack Obama willing to be shunned by Democrats who want to be elected in 2014.
Washington Post

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is being considered a major obstacle for the Democrats to gain control of the United States House of Representatives – or even maintain their control of the United States Senate after the 2014 mid-term elections, according to an Inquisitr report on Saturday.

Obamacare: Majority of Americans still don't want it

There are reports that Obama’s low approval rating is causing Democrats to shun his support as they enter the final months before their elections are held. In fact, CNN reported on Friday that President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats that he is most willing to stay away from election battles in which he would not be helpful. The president’s comments reportedly came when he and former President Bill Clinton were at Nationals Park for a Senate Democrats’ conference on issues.

The report asserts that President Obama’s approval rating in the top twelve 2014 battleground states is only 36 percent. However, Democratic politicians who are running for the Senate from those states widely supported him – likely blindly supported him – by an incredible rate of 94 percent. Blind loyalty to an unpopular president is obviously going to hurt these Senate-hopefuls a great deal in the election next fall.

Even though Obama’s approval rating got a boost following his State of the Union address in late January, his ratings prior to that were quite low. A CNN/ORC survey indicates that, overall, Obama’s approval rating was low during the government shutdown when their measurement gave him a 41 percent approval rating. The ongoing problems with Obamacare added to Obama’s popularity problems and his low approval rating. By Feb., he rebounded to 45 percent, but again, experts assume the bounce was due to a speech - not from his actions - which will most definitely equate to a short-term bounce in the polls.

Forty-five percent approval and 50 percent disapproval ratings are quite poor, especially considering he is only in his sixth year of his two terms in office. Naturally, there are historical comparisons being made. At the time when mid-term elections are near during the Clinton presidency, he had a 64 percent approval rating, and before the mid-term elections George W. Bush had a 55 percent approval rating. Both former presidents were tremendous assets to their respective political parties obtaining victories in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

In addition, the latest polls on Obamacare continue to show that the majority of Americans are still opposed to the president’s signature health care law and people, in general, feel they are still uninformed about the legislation – even though they must sign up, by law, within the next couple of months. At least one network radio report said that 80 percent of those who have signed up for Obamacare are not paying into the system – and, obviously, people who pay for Obamacare are needed to make it work, financially. Since Obamacare is not going away anytime soon, the Democrats who embraced - often blindaly embraced - Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) will be penalized as the mid-term election polls as well.

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