American voters disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance by a margin of 54 to 39%--up from a 49-45% disapproval rating on Oct. 1, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday afternoon.
His approval rating has not dipped below 40% before. His lowest Quinnipiac score was a 55-41 percent disapproval on Oct. 6, 2011.
Men (58-37%), independents (63-30%), white voters (62-32%), senior citizens (59-36%), women (51-40%) and Hispanic voters (47-41%) all disapprove of Obama's handling of the presidency. Democrats (79-14%) and black voters (75-15%) continue to strongly approve.
Obama rating as "honest and trustworthy" dipped from 54 to 44% in six weeks; and voters disapprove of his handling of health care by a 60-36% margin.
The disastrous rollout of the president's health care system clearly hurt his standing. "American voters are divided 46 - 47% on whether Obama 'knowingly deceived' the public when he said people could keep their existing health insurance plans if they wished," the Quinnipiac poll found. "Voters also support 73 - 20% extending the March 31, 2014 deadline for signing up for coverage without facing a penalty."