President Obama’s approval rating plummeted in the third quarter, according to a Gallup poll released on Friday.

The president’s approval rating, which had leveled off near 47 percent over the previous three quarters, fell to 41 percent – a 5.8 percent drop from the second quarter and the administration’s worst rating to date.

Obama’s previous low was 44.7 percent.

The results spanned Jul. 20 through Oct. 19, 2011, which included the debt-ceiling negotiations and the U.S. credit downgrade by Standard & Poor’s.

Gallup noted that only Jimmy Carter had a worse 11th quarter in office, logging a 31.4 percent approval rating in 1979.