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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President Obama’s second term approval ratings slide

A majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, a new poll reveals.

According to a new Pew Research Center survey President Obama’s overall job approval is at 41%, down 14 points since last December. Further, 53% of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling his job as president. “While Obama’s overall marks have changed little over the past month, 12-point difference between disapproval (53%) and approval (41%) is the largest of his presidency,” Pew reports.

Obama’s slide in approval ratings follows that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, whose second-term job approval ratings plummeted from 48% in December 2004 to 36% after his reelection.

When it comes to key issues, a majority of Americans disapprove of how he is handling health care, economy, immigration, and foreign policy – 59%, 65%, 60% and 56% respectively. It stands to note that his handling of the economy is the lowest of his presidency. Obama’s handling of the threat of terrorism, however, stands at 51% approval. 

President Obama's second term approval ratings slide