The poll released Tuesday found 42 percent of people approve of the president — a drop of 6 percent since last month and tied with an all time low in Washington Post/ABC News polling. For the first time in his presidency, a majority of voters hold an unfavorable view of him.
Nearly a majority of voters — 49 percent to 45 percent — would vote for Mitt Romney over Obama if the election were held today, according to the poll.
A Quinnipiac poll released last week recorded Obama with a 39 percent approval rating — the lowest since he took office. Gallup also recorded a 39 percent rating this month during its daily tracking poll, but the number has since increased to 41 percent with 53 percent disapproval.
With the botched rollout of the healthcare website and millions of people on the individual market receiving cancellation notices, a majority blames mismanagement and more than seven in 10 people think the individual mandate should be delayed.
Nonetheless, people are split on whether the law can be made to work. Forty-nine percent of people think it can be fixed while the same amount thinks it is unworkable.
Majorities also said Obama is not a strong leader (53 percent), is not honest and trustworthy (50 percent), is not a good manager (56 percent) and does not understand the problems of people like you (51 percent).
Nearly four in 10 people said a congressional candidate’s support for the president's signature healthcare law would make them less likely to vote for that candidate on Election Day.
The poll found 37 percent of people would be less likely to vote for someone who supports the law — the highest it has been since just before the 2010 election when Republicans overtook the House.
Another 21 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who supports the law while 40 percent said it would make no difference.
The amount of people who say support for the law would make them more likely to vote for a candidate has dropped 18 points from a high of 39 percent in 2010.
The poll surveyed 1,006 people and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.
— This story was updated at 9:38 a.m.