According to Reuters, the results of a poll released on Wednesday shows that the latest Reuters and Ipsos joint online poll gives President Barack Obama a meager 43 percent approval rating. This rating, which challenges his lowest ratings ever, is an incredible 7 percentage point drop since February 19, just three weeks ago.
Signifying the definite end of the apparent honeymoon that President Obama enjoyed with the American people after beginning his second term on Jan. 20, persons responding to the poll indicate that they are blaming President Obama as well as his fellow-Democratic politicians almost as much as they are blaming the Republicans for the sequester and the fiscal chaos in the nation’s capitol.
According to Reuters, most of Obama’s huge decline in approval began during the week of February 26 when it became more obvious, day by day, that Obama was not going to negotiate an agreement with his fellow-Democrats and the Republicans. During the days prior to the sequester which became official on February 28, it was apparent that President Obama still lacked the ability to avoid Washington, D.C.’s gridlock by effectively negotiating deals between the Democrats and the Republicans in lawmaking power.
Thirty-eight percent of Americans believe the sequestration is the fault of all in Washington, D.C. – President Obama, the Democrats, and the Republicans. Twenty-seven percent specifically put the blame on the Republicans; 17 percent specifically put the blame on President Obama; and, 6 percent put the blame specifically on the Democrats. Again, the largest finger-pointing of blame is cast on the combination of all politicians from both parties as well as the president.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll aligns with recent polls conducted by Gallup.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll of nearly two-thousand persons was conducted from March 1 to March 5, 2013.