President Barack Obama has suffered serious political damage from the troubled first year of his second term, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Both personally and professionally Americans have downgraded their assessments of Mr. Obama in ways that complicate his ability to push through his policies, the survey shows. Most conspicuous lately have been the problems with the rollout of the new health care law, which compounded damage earlier from controversies over the National Security Agency surveillance programs and the Internal Revenue Service.
The result: Mr. Obama's approval rating stands at just 43 percent, while 54 percent disapprove of his performance—the highest proportion of his presidency. Mr. Obama's standing, 52 percent in January following his Nov. 2012 re-election, has edged down all year.
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Declining as well are assessments of his personal qualities. While 56 percent still give the president high marks for being "easy-going and likable", that's down from 67 percent in late spring. Just 39 percent rate him highly for "having strong leadership qualities," down from 53 percent in January.