Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low
Results from the latest NBC/WSJ poll indicate President Obama, who has been battling various problems for months, is now confronted with a public that is increasingly losing confidence in his leadership. The President’s approval rating has plunged since January, something David Axelrod attributes to Obama’s appearance of detachment on healthcare and the NSA. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.
从最新的NBC/华尔街日报联合民调来看，最近被各种问题缠身的奥巴马总统正面临对他的领导越来越没有信心的民众。自1月以来，总统的支持率一路下跌，David Axelrod将这归咎于奥巴马的医保与国家安全局的表现 。NBC的Chuck Todd报道 。
The problems with the rollout of the president's health care plan, as you might expect, are having a real political impact for this White House. We are seeing it now in our brand new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll. Our political director, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd at the White House with more on that tonight. Chuck, good evening.
reporter: Good evening, Brian. You know the expression -- a pox on both your houses. During the shutdown the public pointed the finger at just one proverbial house when it comes to Washington and government dysfunction the Republicans. But the pox spread thanks to health care to the White House. President Obama has been battling various problems for months from Syria to the budget, NSA and health care. It all adds up to the public that is increasing losing confidence in his leadership. The last thing the president thought he would be doing this far into his second term.
reporter: Using Boston as a backdrop to do something he struggled to do for years -- sell the public on health care reform.
All of this is in place right now. It is working right now.
reporter: But the health care rollout debacle is the latest in a growing List of leadership struggles that have dogged the president. The public had high hopes for his second term. His 52% job approval rating in the January poll was near an all-time high for him. But it didn't take long for things to go south. It began with the IRS Benghazi investigations on Capitol Hill. Then the still ongoing embrassing Edward Snowden leaks raising questions about how much the president may or may not have known. In September, more of a slide because of the president's indecision on whether to attack Syria. Now between the government shutdown and the bungled health care rollout the president hit an all time low, 42%, getting close to George W. Bush territory. He went from an 75% in 2002 to 39% at this same point in his second term. Obama biography David Mariness sees a pattern.
With president Obama he works at a different timetable than everybody else. Sometimes he's ahead of the curve. Sometimes behind the curve. He's right at the curve. He's behind the curve right now. The question is if he can get back up.
reporter: In the past even when the president experienced a drop in job rating his personal likability never took a hit. This time more folks view him negatively 45%, than positively 41%. The president's longtime confidant David Axelrod believes that drop is due to the appearance of detachment on issues like health care and NSA.
He needs to step up his visibility. On this question I have no doubt he's doing it internally. Because I know how he operates. But the public needs to see it. I think that's what's driving some of the personal ratings down.
They keep saying he's unaware of certain things. The one that strikes me most though is health care. Because people would ask me during his first term what's he doing in the second term. They say health care is it. It's his whole thing.
reporter: You know, all of this Washington mess, Brian, has created a crisis in confidence in the country. 70% believe we are off on the wrong track. Those are numbers usually seen during an economic downturn. Instead this signals a political depression and congress has grown more unpopular -- 74% believe congress contributes to problems. Only 17% believe congress works to solve problems. The old idea that people like their own congressman better than all of congress, not in this poll, Brian. 63% would prefer to give a new person a chance to represent them over their own member.
Chuck Todd with where things stand tonight from the White House. Chuck thanks.