President Obama's Approval Rating Near All-Time Low

| by Edward Arnold

A new Quinnipiac University poll released today revealed that the President's approval rating is near an all-time low.

American voters voiced a 39 percent approval rating of the President, which is close to his lowest ever rating of 38 percent in December of 2013.

The poll was aimed at understanding America's thoughts on the President's recent immigration reform.

The American voters are divided: 45 percent say Obama was right to take action when Congress failed to act, while 48 percent believe he should not have acted.

Support for immigrants is at its lowest level ever in the history of the Quinnpiac poll. Only 48 percent of American voters say immigrants should be allowed to stay in America with a pathway to citizenship -- which is what Obama's executive action does. That number is down from 57 percent at last year's poll. Thirty-five percent say illegal immigrants should be required to leave the U.S., while only 26 percent felt this way a year ago. Eleven percent say immigrants can stay, but without the ability to apply for citizenship; that figure is the same as last year.

As for gender approval, women support the President's action 50 – 39 percent while men oppose 57 – 39 percent.

Age difference also provides key insights. For people under 30, support is at 59 percent for the President's executive order. Fifty-three percent of people over 65 oppose Obama's action. 

Most revealing of all, however, is that 68 percent of those polled opposed Congress shutting down the major activities of the federal government as a way to block Obama's immigration action. Only 44 percent of Republicans support a shutdown.

On a side topic, the poll indicated that 70 percent of American voters agree with U.S. hostage policy to never pay ransom to terrorists.  

Source: CNN / Photo Credit: SusanKnowles, Flickr