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Three Reasons Obama Had a Terrible Year
Posted on Jan 3, 2014
President Obama’s job approval rating began dropping almost from the beginning of 2013, and it never really recovered.
According to Gallup, which tracks the president’s approval with a three-day rolling poll among other measures, there were three major factors in the public’s mounting disapproval.
First: the budget sequester. Even though voters blamed Republicans more than Democrats, the president’s polling took an immediate hit when the government shut down in March.
Second: the explosive NSA story. Although Edward Snowden reportedly turned over everything he had to Glenn Greenwald and other journalists ages ago, new revelations about the NSA’s widespread and invasive spying operation continually haunt the administration.
Third: Obamacare. While some of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act are only now going into effect, the initial rollout of the program, which required some Americans to use a broken website to register for mandatory health insurance, was an undisputed disaster. Add to the technological debacle the embarrassing admission by the president that some people who already had insurance would not be able to keep their plans, as he had promised many times, and the whole system began to wobble. Republicans wasted no time in exploiting these breakdowns, and they had great success.
Gallup is careful to point out that previous presidents have rebounded from bad years. However, “recent polling history doesn’t offer any firm conclusions about what a year of decline portends for a president; there is precedent for recovery, but also for stagnation.”
Read the full story on Gallup’s website.
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