U.S. President Barack Obama walks out from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington before his departure to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, November 5, 2013 to visit with wounded service members.
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Obama hits rock bottom with Bush-level ratings

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The majority of Americans believe President Obama isn’t paying enough attention to his administration’s actions on health care, foreign policy, and the economy, which shows in his new lowest approval rating on the Quinnipiac University poll charts.

More than half–54%–of Americans do not support the president’s handling of current situations, according to the Quinnipiac poll released this week.

“This is just a leadership issue,” Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said on Wednesday’s show. ”Whether you’re running a Baptist church or a football team or a country: If something is this badly screwed up, you go in and you call everybody around and you say: ‘We either stop the bleeding in the next two weeks or we’re shutting this down.’”

More than half of the public–52%–said Obama isn’t honest and trustworthy on issues ranging from health care and immigration to foreign policy and the economy. His approval rating sunk especially among women, independents and older Americans.

The new ratings are identical to the public’s view of former President George W. Bush in December 2005 during his second term, several months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and Americans blamed him for his slow response with federal aid.

“I think this hurts all Democrats right now. I think it hurts them in a terrible way,” said Scarborough, who added that this is a “cry for competence.”

Forty-six percent of Americans said the president deceived them on Obamacare, according to the poll.

Leaders either choose to keep or break their promises, Scarborough said.

“If you choose to keep your promise,” he said, “then you live to fight another day.”

Watch more on Morning Joe:

Morning Joe, 11/13/13, 7:20 AM ET

What low numbers could mean for Obama

Top Talkers: President Obama’s approval ratings take a hit in a new Quinnipiac poll, with 54 percent of Americans disapproving of his performance. The Morning Joe panel discusses.

Obama hits rock bottom with Bush-level ratings

Updated