According to the USA Today on Oct. 21, Obama's quarterly rating, which is averaged over a three month period, fell three percentage points to 44.5%. It is not a low for Obama, who hit 41% in the third quarter of 2011, but it is reflecting a trend that may not bode well for the Obama administration going forward.
Gallup, who conducts the ratings, wrote in it's report:
After a relatively strong fourth year that included several quarters of higher ratings that aided his (2012) re-election, his approval ratings has now declined in each of the last three quarters.
Gallup also noted that Obama's 44.5% approval rating put him in the middle of the pack for recent presidents. Gallup said:
Obama's 19th quarter approval average is most similar to those of Harry Truman and George W. Bush.
Gallup also pointed out that the battles over the Affordable Care Act and the federal budget and debt limit has taken a toll on Obama's popularity.
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