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Obama Approval Rating Drops To Record Low

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It seems like it was an eternity ago that Obama was doing his post-government shutdown gloating media tour, when day after day the world was bombarded with news of the GOP's record low popularity rating, paradoxically following their attempt to do what even the president is now desperate to achieve: delay Obamacare. Well, the tables have turned and now that the government shutdown is history, at least until January, and the public focus has shifted to where it should have been in the first place - namely the embarrassing ponzi scheme experiment that is Obamacare, and the epic failure surrounding its rushed rollout - it is Obama's turn to suffer a record low rating, which is precisely what happened according to a just concluded WSJ/NBC News poll.

The WSJ reports that "the popular discontent that engulfed Republicans amid the partial government shutdown has now washed over President Barack Obama, whose job approval rating has sunk to an all-time low. Americans just weeks ago heaped scorn largely on congressional Republicans over the dysfunction in Washington. But the new poll found a sharp turn against Mr. Obama, during a month in which lawmakers tiptoed up to a potential debt default and the White House fumbled the rollout of its signature health-care law.


Mr. Obama's job approval fell to 42%, with 51% of respondents disapproving of his performance as president. That marked a drop in his approval rating from 47% in early October and 53% at the end of 2012.


At the same time, more Americans now view Mr. Obama negatively than positively, for the first time since he emerged as a national political candidate.


In all, the poll of 800 Americans captured an extraordinarily deep and widespread public distaste for the two political parties, those parties' leaders and the state of politics in the nation's capital.

Elsewhere, it appears that Americans just have given up on the government system, whose increasing corruption and cooption by moneyed interests is now obvious to everyone:

Optimism about the U.S. system of government, at 30%, was at the lowest ebb in 40 years. Just 29% said their congressional representative deserved re-election—a new low—while nearly three-quarters said Congress was contributing to the problems in Washington instead of working to solve them.


House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, hit their highest negative ratings, as did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat.


"Americans are voicing their frustration at a Congress that cannot keep the government open for business and an administration that cannot get health care open for enrollment," Mr. Hart said.


Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducts the survey along with Democrat Fred Yang, described the findings as a "shock wave" that showed the depth of "anger and frustration with everybody in Washington."

Frustration... and yet nobody will dare to change anything for fear of losing their precious entitlements, which are unsustainable as is and like in Detroit will end up with pennies on the dollar, or for fear of infringing on their Dancing with the Stars TV time.


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Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:15 | 4107888 bubblemania
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Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:23 | 4107895 Millivanilli
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Maybe mr. transparency,benghazi,fast and furious, constitutional lawyer,  ndaa, patriot act, nsa, osama killer- giggles, war monger, drone striker, is being called out on his FUCKING LIES.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:29 | 4107908 wintermute
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Obozo's approval rating should be below Cheney's nadir. He'll get there soon enough.


Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:39 | 4107920 GetZeeGold
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Hell...I'm just warming up to the son of a bitch.....and now you guys are leaving?

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:54 | 4107946 Rory_Breaker
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Still not enough % of people calling him to be lowered 6 ft into the ground

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:15 | 4107975 Frozen IcQb
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Is he still there? YES. Then this news is irrelevant. Let me know when two armed security men escort him out of the Whitehouse.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:39 | 4108019 kralizec
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Don't hold your breath...you'll only get a headache...

The only way that asshole is leaving is if a mob drags him out...

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:10 | 4108073 Keyser
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I'm just waiting for the gay bath house photos to surface with Barry doing a line of blow while taking it up the keister. That should stick a fork in the balance of his administration. Photoshop anyone? 


Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:19 | 4108105 BoNeSxxx
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Calling Dr. Banzai... Calling Dr. Banzai...

He may be up to it if he's had enough cocktails.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:47 | 4108177 pods
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Just ask the NSA, they have them already.


Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:49 | 4108183 economics9698
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I see Obama ending up like Mussolini. 

Just think of all them government workers pissed off at losing their pensions and unemployed, it will not be a pretty sight.  Lazy people having to work for a living, oh the pain.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:49 | 4108190 Son of Loki
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Bloomberg: The Obamacare rollout is leading to the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of health insurance plans nationwide, contradicting President Barack Obama’s repeated pledge that people who like their coverage can keep it.



Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:27 | 4108477 Richard Chesler
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The banksters having the bath house pictures would explain a lot of of the last 5 years...

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:53 | 4108722 Meat Hammer
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It's pretty easy to see what the strategy is here. He'll say that he didn't take away your insurance coverage; if it were up to him you could keep it. It's those greedy for-profit companies that are screwing everyone and it's about time we found a better way than capitalism, which has never worked.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:40 | 4108317 NidStyles
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I have adopted the lazy lifestyle of late. I no longer have taxable employment, and I don't mind it.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 14:31 | 4109223 WOAR
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Could we get a photoshop of Obama as Dr. Zachary Smith?

Oh, the pain!

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:46 | 4108178 jcaz
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More than any sitting President I can recall,  Barry simply doesn't care about what anyone thinks of him at this point-  he's set for life, with all the free golf he can play,  so he'll say and do whatever he pleases-

And THAT is what makes him truly dangerous.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:53 | 4108353 NidStyles
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If he were actually a threat he would come down with some disease like Ronnie.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:40 | 4108021 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Is Vichy DC still there? Yes? Then this news is irrelevant. Let me know when a fleet of garbage scows carries the entire city and its denizens off to China as scrap.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:41 | 4108024 freedogger
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The survey only asked if he should be put 0, 2, 4, or 6 feet deep. Most people's wanted him much deeper than 6 feet.


Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:20 | 4108107 new game
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meanwhile gold smack down for yet again a buying opp. all while syria gets a little smack down by anon missles.

hmmm, just guessing tingys heatin up- mankind comin unglued. just need a saudi bid away from da dolla for a real romp.

den we hava real situation where ben is "outa da game" and the real powers step fwd...

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:58 | 4108214 NoDebt
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They always bury lawyers 10 feet under.  Why?  Because, deep down, they're actually good people.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:45 | 4107930 darteaus
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Mr. Obama enjoys a base of support from a group of supporters that will never flag.  This unwavering support comes from a small-one might even call it a minority-of citizens.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:08 | 4108069 Oldwood
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I agree but he does not like rejection and low poll numbers are a public disgrace. I fear what he may do in an attempt to recover lost loving sycophants.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:12 | 4108083 johnQpublic
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rhymes with biggers

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:23 | 4108110 gatorengineer
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whiggers? them too I suppoe

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:04 | 4108391 Diogenes
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You mean naggers. He is always nagging anyone who disagrees with him.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:41 | 4108321 DeadFinks
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Yes, the mainstream media/entertainment complex.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:45 | 4107936 Headbanger
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Gee, maybe this could be part of the reason he's going down the drain:


Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:15 | 4108098 Pig Circus
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I love how that article you linked claims the web site will be working come the end of Nov. Many others are claiming the same thing. Even the Prezzy is claiming that. Does anybody think it will be working by the end of next month?

I sure as hell don't. They had three years what's 1 month going to do for them?

 Meanwhile they expect us to add all or personal information into a site that a 3rd grader could hack. Wait until those stories break. The only thing keeping identities safe currently is that the site is constantly down and out of service.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:03 | 4108219 Froman
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It will not be working...they have their head up their azzes and are trying to deflect criticism and the MSM is trying to save face and keep the heat off of their god.  They cannot even keep the servers up and running for this pos.  When/if they do get it worked out Obomba's ratings should drop more when people see that 1) their exchange options in most markets are limited to two insurance providers; and 2) that their insurance cost is about 3 times what it was prior to this ridiculous law.  

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:49 | 4108342 Oldwood
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It WILL be working. Just because a significant number of American citizens cannot do so does not imply they have failed other than to under estimate our intelligence...again. Don't you understand, our benevolent leaders are never wrong and all naysayers are simply haters? Trying to point out their lies and failures is hate speech and will not be tolerated. It is WORKING...as planned.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:04 | 4108398 Diogenes
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End of November, what year?

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:58 | 4108738 Yes We Can. But...
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That month is not to get Obamacare fixed, it is to get the propaganda campaign straight...

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:12 | 4108246 Zero Point
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I like to poke fun, but all jokes aside, when elderly people are left in a position of frightened uncertainty, it's deeply sad.


Thu, 10/31/2013 - 13:06 | 4108958 jimmytorpedo
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You mean the elderly people who lived during the biggest credit bubble in the history of the world and didn't have enough sense to save anything?

Yeah, poor them.

What about the unborn who will still be paying off the debt of the Iraq war when they retire in 80 years?

Just because they will be born with two heads from Fukuppy doesn't mean they will earn twice as much.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:45 | 4107933 darteaus
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Yeah, sure.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:35 | 4108301 drendebe10
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Kenyan monkeyboy needs its skin sandpapered off n buried in salt.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 10:31 | 4108483 Arnold
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I put my wife's Obama/Biden campain sign out in the park strip as my scariest Halloween decoration.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:31 | 4108138 Professor Fate
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Me thinks the "tingle running up the leg" has turned to "tinkle running down the leg".  Obama has finally pissed himself in public.

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max"

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:07 | 4108063 1100-TACTICAL-12
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I not sure about all the poll data, where I live a NY Republican is a left wing fanatic....

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:13 | 4108084 johnQpublic
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i am

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:16 | 4107889 Headbanger
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He doesn't care cause it's all about him ya know!

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:24 | 4107896 pepperspray
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I didn't know that I was that far gone.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:21 | 4107894 Cognitive Dissonance
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All the best despots have low (or no) approval ratings.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:57 | 4107951 Rory_Breaker
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So Zero's ratings are headed in the right direction?

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 07:49 | 4108034 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Approval ratings have no real meaning or impact in a one-party system which masquerades as a two-party system. Elections merely serve to cultivate the illusion of choice.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 08:14 | 4108085 Oldwood
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Exactly. A truly visionary leader would fly into the face of public opinion and consider that if "we" wanted it, it must be bad, like a 64oz big gulp. Like a parent that should be first feared, then respected, but never the child's friend.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:52 | 4108351 Tom G
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Part of the problem is that people see him as their "leader" at all.

He leads the executive branch. He's not my leader. He's not your leader.

A free people do not have a leader.

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 06:24 | 4107899 IndyPat
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Well, clearly this poll shows that Americans really want a single-payer solution.
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