(NEWS OK) — Leading up to his first election victory in 2008 and soon after, when the dreams were grand and the rhetoric soared, Barack Obama's popularity soared, too. Today, not so much.
Obama's approval rating is at an all-time low. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out this week showed only 42 percent of Americans approve of his job performance — a 5-point drop from early October. Of those surveyed, 51 percent disapprove of his performance, which is tied for Obama's all-time high disapproval.
For the first time in the poll's history, Obama's personal approval ratings were lower than his disapproval numbers — 41 percent approved on a personal level, 45 percent disapproved.
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Apparently, Americans have grown weary of five years of Obama's aloof, divisive and always intensely partisan ways. They were on display Wednesday in Boston where the president said Republicans were “grossly misleading” regarding Americans being dropped from their health insurance plans because of his health care law.
Really? It wasn't Republicans who promised Americans that they could keep their health plans if they liked them. That was Obama, who said it repeatedly before and after the law was passed. Now Republicans, rightfully so, are calling him out because people on the individual market are being told their plans are being dropped because they don't comply with Obamacare.