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Health Law Continues To Take A Toll On Obama’s Approval Ratings

New polls indicate that, even as the Obama administration hustles to fix's troubles, the overhaul appears to be a drag on Americans' confidence in President Barack Obama. 

The New York Times: Obama Sees A Rebound In His Approval Ratings
President Obama’s approval ratings, which hit his all-time low last month, have returned to where they were before the rollout of the health care law’s enrollment process, but Americans still lack confidence in the White House’s management of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The public’s opinion of the law itself has improved after repairs to the enrollment website (Stolberg and Kopicki, 12/10).

CBS News: Views Of Obamacare Improve, But Are Still Negative Overall
Ten days after the Obama administration's deadline to fix the glitches with its troubled website, most Americans (58 percent) don't think the signup for the new health care exchanges is going well, but more than a third – 36 percent -- think it is improving, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. The poll finds some improvement in overall views of the health care law since last month, although more Americans disapprove than approve of it, as they have since the law was passed. Fifty percent now disapprove of the health care law, while 39 percent approve (Dutton, 12/10).

USA Today: Poll: Can The Economy Rescue Obama From 'Obamacare'
The fate of President Obama's second term is emerging as a battle between improving news about the economy and souring views of his signature health care law. A year-end USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll chronicles what a drag the Affordable Care Act has become on Obama's reputation, helping to drive down his standing as a trustworthy leader and one who can get things done to the lowest levels of his presidency. Disapproval of the health care law hits a new high (Page,12/10).

Los Angeles Times: Obama's Approval Ratings Stabilize In Latest Poll
President Obama can’t yet claim to have turned a corner, but he does seem to have stopped a politically damaging slide in public approval for himself and his new healthcare law, new polling data indicate. After seven months of steady decline, public approval of Obama’s job performance has ticked upward, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The poll finds 45% of Americans approve of Obama’s work and 49% disapprove (Lauter, 12/10).

The Wall Street Journal: Poll: Health Law Hurts President Politically
The federal health-care law is becoming a heavier political burden for President Barack Obama and his party, despite increased confidence in the economy and the public's own generally upbeat sense of well-being, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests. Disapproval of Mr. Obama's job performance hit an all-time high in the poll, at 54%, amid the flawed rollout of the health law. Half of those polled now consider the law a bad idea, also a record high (King Jr., 12/11).

The Washington Post’s The Fix: The Worse May Be Behind Obama. But It Cost Him Dearly.
After weeks filled with nothing but bad news for President Obama, there have been some reasons for optimism in recent days. But even if Obama has moved past the lowest low of his presidency, there is no way around the reality that his image has been badly damaged since he triumphed at the polls last fall. The latest bit of good news for Obama came in a pair of new polls released Tuesday. A Pew Research Center-USA Today poll shows a slight uptick in his job approval rating, from 41 percent last month to 45 percent, which was about where he stood before the troubled health-care rollout. A separate New York Times/CBS News poll shows Obama’s approval rating has jumped from 37 percent last month to 42 percent (Sullivan, 12/11).

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