President Barack Obama’s approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he took office in 2008.
According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the Commander In Chief’s job in office, while just 42 percent approve.
NBC News reports that “no single reason explains Obama’s lower poll standing. Rather, they attribute it to the accumulation of setbacks since the summer — allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, the debate over Syria’s chemical weapons, the government shutdown and now intense scrutiny over the problems associated with the health care law’s federal website and its overall implementation.”
CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borge agreed. “I don’t think it’s all tied to the health care website rollout or the government shutdown,” she said. “You’ve also got the NSA surveillance controversy, the Syrian conflict. The President’s had a very complicated and tough time of it since he was re-elected. I often wonder why people want a second term in the White House. They end up with so many headaches.”
But President Obama isn’t the only one in the nation’s capital with a thumbs down rating. According to the same survey, only 22 percent of Americans see the Republican party in a positive light, six in 10 citizens want to replace their state’s member of Congress and just 22 percent say the country is headed in the right direction.
The NBC-WSJ poll surveyed 800 adults by phone from October 25 to Octber 28.