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President Obama's approval rating drops to all-time low

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 15 2013 04:01:12 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 06:08:26 PM CST

The fumbled roll-out of the health care law might have something to do with President Obama's latest approval ratings.

For the first time ever, a Quinnipiac University national poll found that a majority of American's think President Obama is not "honest and trustworthy." 

Chris Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, said it has to do with the president's effectiveness and credibility with voters.

"A majority of American's at this point say they do not approve of the way the president is handling his job," Borick said.

Obama's approval rating was at 45 percent at the beginning of October. It's now down to 39 percent. But not everyone we spoke with seems to agree with those numbers.

"I think he's doing alright," shared Joe Chando. "He's fighting an uphill fight with Congress."

"The big problem is there is not cooperation between the two parties," added Terrance Adams.

"He came into a bad way anyway," explained Dennis Reid.  "He was left with a whole mess to clear up, so it's like everything is falling on him.  I think he's doing good overall, though."

According to the poll, President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency.

"In this case, President Obama's numbers start to fade clearly in conjunction with the roll out of his health care plan, and the troubles with the website," Borick said.

Borick told us Obama's low ratings can have a huge impact on the Democratic party, and the 2014 elections.  Experts said Obama is also losing the support of women voters, which make up a huge part of the Democratic party base.