The issues with the HealthCare.gov website certainly didn’t help President Obama's popularity. According to new polling information, his overall approval rating has hit a new low since he took office.
Real Clear Politics has been tracking the average of the president’s approval and disapproval numbers since he took office, according to Breitbart, which noted that on Monday, Obama’s approval rating was at its lowest point during his presidency at just 40 percent.
Obama’s disapproval rating was 55.6 percent, a number that stayed the same, but is also a record low for him.
From information available on Real Clear Politics’ site, it appears that some polling information, including one from CBS News, have the president’s approval rating as low as 37 percent.
Breitbart also notes that the overall approval rating numbers are even worse for Obama when it comes to his handling of the economy. The approval rating there is just 37.1 percent, while 59.3 percent disapprove.
At this time in George W. Bush’s second term, his approval rating was also at 40 percent, but his disapproval rating was even worse than Obama’s at 58 percent.
Despite Obama’s low approval ratings, a former White House advisor believes that the numbers will get better for the president.
TIME reported that David Plouffe said he was “confident” that Obama’s approval rating would increase in the next few months because “people trust this president.” He made the remarks during a recent television appearance.
“This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that: healthcare working better, a lot of people signing up, the economy continuing to strengthen, hopefully no Washington shutdowns. I think the president’s numbers will recover. I think people’s confidence will recover.”