President Obama’s approval rating has declined to 43.6 percent, according to the RealClearPolitics average of Obama polls, his lowest rating of the year and the worst performance since December 2011, when his rating was at a similar level but began rising as he moved toward reelection in 2012.
Obama’s RCP average approval rating is now closing in on the record low of 42 percent, which he reached on October 9, 2011. The president’s disapproval rating is also at its highest level of the year, with 51.1 percent saying they don’t like the job he is doing.
Obama’s worst showing in a recent poll was a 40 percent approval rating in a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted at the end of July. The most recent result from the widely watched Gallup daily tracking poll puts Obama’s approval at 42 percent.
Many factors could explain Obama’s diving ratings, including the continued sluggishness of the economy, the proliferation of scandals plaguing the administration, the resurgence of al Qaeda, and the general disarray in the Middle East.