Obama's Trust and Approval Ratings Drop to Lowest Level Since His Inauguration

By:  Bob Adelmann
11/13/2013
       
Obama's Trust and Approval Ratings Drop to Lowest Level Since His Inauguration

The latest Quinnipiac poll reflects Americans' increasing unhappiness not only with ObamaCare but with its author as well.

Tuesday’s polling results from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute reflect America’s increasing unhappiness with ObamaCare: its rollout, the president’s dissembling, the delays at Healthcare.gov, and so on. And that unhappiness is consistent across all ages of voters, and includes American women. As Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac’s assistant director, explained:

Like all new presidents, President Barack Obama had a honeymoon with American voters, with approval ratings in the high 50s. As the marriage wore on, he kept his job approval scores in the respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s.

Today, for the first time, it appears that the 40 percent floor is cracking.

Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble. And any elected official with an 8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble.

Once the dust has settled, and the kinks have been worked out, most Americans are persuaded that their healthcare will not improve but will instead get worse. Nearly half of them think Obama lied when he promised that they would be able to keep their present insurance plan. And a consistent majority, according to Quinnipiac, still opposes ObamaCare in its entirety.

The website delays have become legendary, and now it appears that promises that it will be fully functional and operational by the end of the month will also be broken, according to a White House official who wants to keep his job by remaining anonymous. At the moment, the website fails when more than 20-30,000 people attempt to access it at any given time, which is half of its intended capacity. And the primary contractor who built the site has only been able to fix half of the site’s errors so far, with just over two weeks to go.

Insurance companies are stuck, too, as they are unable to complete enrollments for those applying for coverage directly since they can’t access the federal database to determine if any credits or offsets apply.

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