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Health Law Travails Drag Down Obama Approval Rating

A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Barack Obama's disapproval reaches an all-time high. The fallout from the beleaguered rollout of also seems to be shaping voters' thoughts about upcoming congressional races.

The Washington Post: Obama's Ratings Tumble After Health Care Flaws
The flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to the lowest point of his presidency, with dwindling faith in his competence and in many of the personal attributes that have buoyed him in the past, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Opposition to the new health care law also hit a record high in the survey, with 57 percent saying they oppose the president's most significant domestic initiative. Forty-six percent say they are strongly against it. Just a month ago, as the enrollment period was beginning, the public was almost evenly divided in its assessments of the law (Balz and Craighill, 11/19).

ABC News: Botched ACA Rollout Hammers Obama; Job Disapproval Reaches A Career High
Barack Obama has been hammered by the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, with disapproval of his job performance reaching a career high, opposition to the new health care law up sharply and evidence of potential fallout in the midterm elections a year off. The president's job approval rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, down 13 percentage points this year and 6 points in the past month to match the lowest of his presidency. Fifty-five percent disapprove, a record. And 70 percent say the country's headed seriously off on the wrong track -- up 13 points since May to the most in two years (Langer, 11/19).

The Hill: Poll: Obamacare Could Drag Down Candidates
Nearly four in 10 people said a congressional candidate's support for the president's signature health care law would make them less likely to vote for that candidate on Election Day, according to a new poll (Trujillo, 11/19).

Politico: Obamacare Vs. ACA: What's In A Name?
President Barack Obama and loyal Democrats once embraced the term Obamacare to sell the American people on health care reform. Not anymore. With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the "Affordable Care Act" has returned (Epstein, 11/19).

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