President Obama's latest Gallup job approval rating has declined, according to a release Monday from Gallup. The President has averaged a 44.5 percent job approval during his 19th quarter in office, a decline of more than 3 percentage points from his 18th quarter, one of the largest quarter to quarter declines in his presidency. The 19th quarter is now the third straight quarterly decline. In comparison, three post World War II presidents, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton had significantly higher 19th quarter averages, all near 60 percent, than Obama. Obama's 19th quarter approval average is similar to those of Harry Truman and George W. Bush. According to Gallup, the legislative battles over the federal budget and the Affordable Care Act, as well as the federal debt limit, took a toll on Obama's popularity.
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