The Washington Times - October 21, 2013, 07:55AM

President Obama’s job approval rating declined for the third quarter in a row, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

For the president’s 19th quarter in office, which ran from July 20 to Oct. 19, his job approval rating was just 44.5 percent, down more than 3 points from 47.9 percent in the 18th quarter. The 19th quarter included both the question of whether or not to take military action against Syria and the 16-day government shutdown, during which his rating dropped at times to 41 percent.

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In the first quarter of his presidency, Mr. Obama’s approval rating was 63 percent, the poll said.

Only two presidents have had 19th quarter approval ratings lower than Mr. Obama: Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigations and Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War, the poll said. His rating is similar to the 19th quarter rating of George W. Bush, and much lower than Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who were both around 60 percent.

Results for the poll are the results of telephone interviews collected during the 19th quarter with more than 47,000 adults across all 50 states and D.C.