The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that – while 48 percent of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance – 51 percent disapprove.
According to Rasmussen’s tracking history, Obama’s approval numbers – now standing at -17 – have languished overwhelmingly in negative territory since it first hit -2 on June 30, 2009.
Overall, 78 percent of those surveyed are unhappy with Obamacare.
While 35 percent “would prefer Congress go through the law piece by piece and improve it,” 43 percent “want to repeal the health care law and start over.” Just 18 percent “want to leave the law as is.”
“Consistent with past surveying,” Rasmussen’s Oct. 28, survey showed that 78 percent “of voters with health insurance rate their current coverage as good or excellent.”
As Examiner explained Friday, despite Obama’s repeated vows that Americans would be able to keep their healthcare plans if they liked them, the “hundreds of thousands” who are receiving cancellation notices are also finding out the Obama administration knew all along that his healthcare law would cause “40 to 67 percent” of individually-purchased insurance plans to be canceled.
An Ipsos poll -- conducted for Thomson Reuters from Oct. 25-29 – showed more bad news for Obama.
While 38 percent "strongly disapprove," only 20 percent ‘Strongly Approve.’
Overall, when you add the aggregate figures for "Total Approve’ and "Total Disapprove" -- which contain those who ‘Strongly", ‘Somewhat," and ‘Lean towards" each option -- only 40 percent approve of his job performance as president and the majority -- 52 percent -- disapprove.
Making this bad news even worse, this survey oversampled Democrats over Republicans by a staggering margin of 41 percent to 28 percent.
NBC News reported Thursday that “President Barack Obama’s approval rating has declined to an all-time low as public frustration with Washington and pessimism about the nation’s direction continue to grow.”
According the results of the NBC/Wall Street Journal (WSJ) poll – while only 42 percent approve of Obama's job performance as president – 51 percent say they disapprove.
That's an approval decline of five percentage points since the Oct. 7-9 survey -- just three weeks ago -- and an all-time disapproval high since NBC/WSJ began tracking Obama’s numbers as president.
The most notable revelation is that “for the first time in the survey, even Obama’s personal ratings are upside-down, with 41 percent viewing him a favorable light and 45 percent viewing him negatively.”
When asked of their “opinion” of Obama’s healthcare law, 38 percent said it “needs minor modifications to improve it.”
But 28 percent said it “needs a major overhaul and an additional 24 percent said it “should be totally eliminated.”
Only six percent said it “is working well the way it is.”
While 37 percent said they see Obamacare as “a good idea,” 47 percent see it as “a bad idea.”
According to Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart -- who conducted the NBC/WSJ survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff -- “the sign-up problems have hurt the president personally rather than hurt the law.”
“Personally and politically,” Hart concluded of Obama’s overall numbers from the survey, “the public’s assessment is two thumbs down.”
“To further punctuate just how much damage Obama has done to himself 'personally and politically,'” Examiner noted further Friday, this survey also “oversampled Democrats by a notable margin of nine percent.”
After first conceding that “the rollout of the health-care law has been troubled, to say the least,” Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas of The Washington Post reported Oct. 22 that “Monday saw two new polls released on Obamacare” and that “both contain good news for the law.”
The Oct. 17-20 Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that -- while 46 support the law -- 49 percent oppose the law.
The results from The Washington Post’s Sept. 15 survey -- included with the results of the latest survey -- showed 42 percent expressed support and 52 percent were opposed.
“While this may first appear to be ‘good news,’” Examiner explained Oct. 22, “a closer look at both surveys -- with comparisons to previous surveys by both outlets -- reveal that the news isn't really "good news" at all.”
While Klein and Soltas determined that the “slight uptick in support for the law, from 42 percent in September to 46 percent in October” is “in fact” a sign of “good news,” they did not address the fact that – despite three years of Obama’s efforts to sell his healthcare law to the American public -- the poll showed a drop in support and an increase in opposition from The Washington Post survey released three years ago.”
“On Oct. 3, 2010,” Examiner noted, The Washington Post survey showed that “47 supported the law and 48 percent opposed the law.”
So, while October’s Washington Post survey showed a one percent improvement in support and a one percent drop in opposition of Obamacare from the results of the Sept. 15 survey, approval of the law is still one percent lower -- and opposition is one percent higher -- than it was three years ago.
The Oct. 21 Pew Research survey showed that 41 percent approved of the law, while 52 percent disapproved.
However, Pew also noted that Obamacare's approval/disapproval numbers were 42 percent to 53 percent a month ago.
Making matter worse for Obama ahead of the 2014 midterms -- while James Carville and Stan Greenberg deduce from the results of their Oct. 30 Democracy Corps survey that “what we know for sure is that Republican incumbents are more vulnerable” – Kevin Drum reported for Mother Jones that his analysis of the survey shows it’s that “Democratic incumbents” who are in “big trouble.”
"In Democratic districts," Drum noted, "net incumbent approval has plummeted by 11 points, from +8 approval to +3 disapproval. In Republican districts, incumbent approval has gone down only 4 points. You see the same results when they ask a question about warmth of feeling toward incumbents: It's down 7 points in Republican districts and 9 points in Democratic districts."
This isn't good news for Democrats.
“It's true that attitudes toward the Republican Party have taken a bigger hit than attitudes toward the Democratic Party,” Drum explained, “but attitudes toward actual incumbents are exactly the opposite."
And in elections, that's what matters.
“There's also a very weird result (on slide 20) showing that voters in Republican districts are more eager for their representatives to work with President Obama than voters in Democratic districts,” Drum added in a later “postscript.”
I have no idea what to make of this. In fact, it's so strange that it makes me wonder if there's something wrong with this poll.