The Washington Times - July 29, 2011, 05:50PM

With no end in sight to the impasse over the debt ceiling as the clock ticks down to Tuesday, President Obama registered his lowest approval rating ever as measured by Gallup’s daily tracking poll, hitting 40 percent this week.

That’s a 10-point plunge from early June, when 50 percent of voters approved of Mr. Obama, and one point lower than his previous low point of 41 percent back in April.

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“The inability of U.S. lawmakers to agree on the debt ceiling has apparently shaken Americans’ confidence in the economy and now seems to be taking its toll on the president’s public support,” Gallup explained.

The president’s approval averaged 46 percent throughout June and most of July.

But even as Mr. Obama’s numbers plummeted, his 41-percent approval on his role in the debt negotiations is still better than that of House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Only 31 percent of Americans like the way the Ohio Republican is handling the issue, while at 23 percent even fewer approve of the Nevada Democrat’s efforts, Gallup found earlier this week.

Gallup doesn’t measure overall approval ratings for congressional leaders. The Obama survey was conducted between July 26 and 28, based on a random sample of 1,463 adults.