The Washington Times - December 17, 2013, 07:34AM

President Obama faces his worst public approval ratings of White House tenure as his fifth year comes to a close, the result of political setbacks that include the flawed rollout of his health care law, a Washington Post-ABC News poll reported.

The new results could signal trouble for Democrats heading into mid-term elections, as Mr. Obama is their de facto party leader, and show that Americans are leery of Obamacare despite improvements to the federal exchange system known as HealthCare.gov, the pollsters reported.

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Mr. Obama lost support among liberals, women and young Americans, and now trails Republicans, 45 percent to 41 percent, in public opinion on who could better lead the economy.

His overall approval rating is at 43 percent, while disapproval stands at 55 percent — roughly the same marks he received in a poll take last month, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

On health care, 62 percent disapprove of the way he’s handled overhaul’s implementation, and 55 percent disapprove of his handling of the economy.

Congress is reeling, too, with more than seven in 10 people disapproving of congressional Republicans’ performance, and more than six in 10 disapproving of how congressional Democrats are doing their jobs.

About half of respondents approve of the budget deal that passed the House last week, while 35 percent disapprove.

The deal is up for a vote in the Senate this week.