August 20th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Why are Democrats' and Obama's approval ratings falling?

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As the debate over health care rages on… the American people are increasingly souring on President Obama and the Democrats. A new poll shows the president's approval rating at 51-percent — the lowest of his presidency and down from 61-percent two-months ago.

The Pew poll shows the Democratic Party now has a favorable rating of 49-percent… also down from 59-percent in April and 62-percent in January.

When it comes to the Republican Party — public opinion has remained steady all year at about 40-percent.

Meanwhile it looks like the American people aren't buying into calls for bipartisanship. The poll shows 63-percent of those surveyed say the president and Republicans are not working together on important issues… that’s up from 50-percent who felt that way in June.

Although more people blame the Republicans than President Obama for this lack of co-operation, the poll shows a growing number are now faulting the president. 17-percent of Americans say Mr. Obama is to blame… that's up from seven-percent who felt that way in February.

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