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Obama hits new poll lows for approval — 38 percent


President Obama arrives to speak in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Obama’s approval numbers have sunk to new lows, with a just-released Quinnipiac poll showing he’s dropped a full percentage point in that category in the past few weeks.

He now has a 38 percent approval rating, compared with 39 percent in mid-November, Breitbart reported. And that negative rating is trickling down onto Democrats who are seeking re-election. The Quinnipiac University survey author says the “outlook for Democrats running for Congress and the U.S. Senate fades also.”

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By the numbers: Mr. Obama still scores well with Democrats, with an approval rating of 76 percent, and with blacks, who approve of his job performance to the tune of 85 percent. But he’s losing steam with voters in the 18-to-49-year-old range, who only give him a 41 percent approval rating. And his favor among Hispanics is falling off, at a “lackluster” 50 percent approval rating, the survey found.

If elections were held today, 41 percent of respondents said they would vote for a Republican for the House — the first time in 2013 that respondents chose the GOP over the Democratic Party for offices on that side of Congress. By a 47-42 percent margin, respondents also said they’d rather Republicans take control of the both the Senate and the House.

“A rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say about the president,” said Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The survey polled 2,692 registered voters on cellphones and land lines from Dec. 3 to 9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

About the Author

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at

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