President Obama in the East Room of the White House August 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
By David Jackson, USA TODAY
Problems with the health care law -- and perhaps fallout from the recent government shutdown -- are taking a toll on President Obama's public standing.
The president's approval rating hit a low point of 42% in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, down 5 points from earlier in October.
The poll said 51% disapprove of Obama's performance, tied for his all-time high.
From the poll:
"The NBC/WSJ pollsters argue that no single reason explains Obama's lower poll standing.
"Rather, they attribute it to the accumulation of setbacks since the summer -- allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, the debate over Syria's chemical weapons, the government shutdown and now intense scrutiny over the problems associated with the health care law's federal website and its overall implementation."