December 10, 2013, 09:32 am
Poll: Obama's disapproval hits 53 percent
By Mario Trujillo
President Obama’s disapproval rating has shot up to 53 percent, the highest rating the McClatchy-Marist poll has recorded for him in nearly 30 surveys.
Obama's approval rating stood at 43 percent the poll released Tuesday.
Obama’s approval rating has been hanging in the low 40s for the last few months as the 16-day government shutdown and the shaky rollout of the healthcare exchange website dominated the news.
But there is plenty of disapproval to go around.
A plurality of people, 38 percent, would grade all Washington officials with an “F,” according to the poll. Another 31 percent would give them a “D” and 25 percent would give them a “C.”
Only 1 percent of the public, well inside the margin of error, would grade their elected officials with an “A.”
Thirty-three percent of people approve of the job congressional Democrats are doing, and 22 percent approve of congressional Republicans.
A near majority, 48 percent, blames Republicans for legislative gridlock. Thirty-eight percent blame Obama, while 12 percent blame both.
Earlier results from the poll found that 68 percent of people were skeptical that lawmakers could come to a budget agreement this week to extend government funding.
That number mirrors the percentage of people who believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, Another 30 percent think it is on the right track.
On a generic congressional ballot, Democrats and Republicans split the vote evenly at 43 percent each.
Support for Democrats spiked during the government shutdown, but a number of polls have since found that number evening out.
The poll surveyed 1,173 adults and contains a 2.9 percent margin of error.