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Obama's job approval rating drops during fifth year in office, poll shows

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President Obama’s job approval rating for his fifth year, which included the troubled roll-out of his signature health care law and a 16-day government shutdown, is more than 2 points lower than his 2012 rating, a Gallup poll released Tuesday said.

Only 45.8 percent of Americans approved of Mr. Obama’s job performance in 2013, down from 48.1 percent in his fourth year in office and just slightly higher than his record-low third year in office at 44.4 percent.

President George W. Bush had a comparable fifth quarter approval rating at 45.7 percent. Mr. Obama is still more than 10 points below Presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Mr. Obama’s job approval rating declined each quarter during his fifth year. He began 2013 at 49.7 percent approval in the first quarter, then steadily dropped each quarter to just 41.2 percent in the most recent quarter, between Oct. 20 and Jan. 19 of this year.

The poll results come from phone interviews between Jan. 20, 2013, to Jan. 19, 2014, with almost 180,000 adults nationwide. The margin of error is 1 percent.

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