Lewis Diuguid

Obama’s approval rating tilts toward Nixon

The difficulty people faced signing up for the Affordable Care Act starting in October took a big toll on President Barack Obama’s approval rating.

A Washington Post/ABC poll released this week showed that Obama is ending his fifth year in the White House with the lowest approval rating at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon. Obama’s approval rating, according to the poll, is at 43 percent compared with President George W. Bush, who had a 47 percent approval rating at the end of his fifth year during the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and the chase for mythical weapons of mass destruction in the Iraq war.

Nixon during the Watergate scandal had an approval rating of only 29 percent. Nixon resigned the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, ahead of being impeached, becoming the only president to resign.

Obama took the hit largely because of the stumbling start of Obamacare, his signature effort toward health care reform. The bugs apparently have been worked out of the healthcare.gov website, however, it will take quite a bit longer before that change is reflected in how the public feels about this president.