The Washington Times - November 26, 2013, 07:29AM

President Obama’s job approval rating averaged 40 percent in the Gallup Daily tracking poll over the last week, tying his lowest-ever weekly average from late summer 2011 when he fought with Congress over the debt ceiling.

Mr. Obama had a 41 percent weekly rating in each of the three prior weeks, and a 43 percent rating in late October, according to Gallup.

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Gallup said the president’s approval rating rose from mid-2011 to 50 percent in time for the November 2012 election, and surged to 57 percent after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December.

Since then, his numbers have declined, except for a brief rebound after the Boston Marthon bombing suspect were captured.

His 2-percent drop since October “was likely owing to the government shutdown in early October or the flubbed opening of the healthcare exchanges, or both.”

“The subsequent decline to 40 percent spans a period of more bad publicity for the Affordable Care Act, and for Obama himself, over news that millions of Americans are having their existing insurance policies canceled because those policies don’t meet the government’s new requirements,” Gallup said.