On the heels of the passage of his landmark healthcare reform bill, several newly released polls have found that President Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to new lows.
While 45 percent of Americans still approve of how Obama is running the country, more than 48 percent disapprove, marking the first time in the president’s term that the majority of those polled have objected to the manner in which he governs, according to the Gallup daily tracking poll.
Meanwhile, a poll conducted late last week by Rasmussen Reports revealed an even gloomier picture for Obama. The new survey indicated that only 29 percent of Americans strongly approve of the president’s job performance, compared to 43 percent who strongly disapprove of his actions, Press TV reports.
Although his numbers have only fallen a few points since the last poll, many political commentators believe the numbers to be statistically significant, as they have not increased following the passage of healthcare overhaul legislation.
However, some pundits judge that the stagnant economy is the reason behind the Obama’s poor approval ratings.
"Because we tend to tie a lot of our vote decisions to how the economy is doing, the unemployment rate is what people are going to be looking at," St. Norbert political science professor Wendy Scattergood told WBay.com.