As Congress continues to blow smoke about shutting down the government and Republicans now battle each other over whether to continue their resistance to the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama is paying the price with the American public.
A new poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS News shows the president’s overall approval rating dipping to a two-year low, with only 43 percent of the 1,014 people surveyed saying they currently approve of how the president is doing his job.
The NYT/CBS poll has a margin of error of three points on either side.
The positive rating is the worst for Obama since March 2012. But in November 2012, Obama easily won reelection anyway, with 51.1 percent of actual voters supporting him.
With the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, set to begin on January 1, only 39 percent of the public, according to the survey, views the new law favorably. At the same time, 56 percent say that Congress should uphold the health care law, rather than try to stop funding for it, and take measures to make the law function as well as it can.
With a bill to fund the government up for congressional approval by Oct. 1, some Republicans are trying to take away funding for the health care law by threatening to defund and shut down the entire United States government if they don’t get their way.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have now voted 42 times to repeal or otherwise block the new health care law. However, Republicans in congress are now sharply divided over continuing the battle against the law, with even some of its most ardent opponents saying that the fight is no longer worth it.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz earlier this week delivered a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor in which he railed against funding for the Obamacare program. But when it came time to vote on whether to go ahead with debate on the spending bill — a move that all but guarantees the bill, including full funds for Obamacare, will sail through — Cruz voted in favor.
Sources: New York Times, CBS News, CNN