WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- A poll released on Thursday found that President Barack Obama's approval rate has remained stable as the end of his first year in the White House approaches.
According to the poll of six polls by CNN, the president's approval rate taken in the past week averagely stayed at 50 percent, while 44 percent said that they disapprove.
CNN's previous poll of polls showed that Obama's average approval rate was between 52 percent and 53 percent every week from early October to mid November, and since then, the rate has always remained between 48 percent and 50 percent.
"The bad news from the White House is that his current rating is down by roughly 15 points since the start of the year," said CNN's polling director Keating Holland. "The good news is that it appears to have stabilized as the end of the year approaches."
On the health care reform that Obama has been strongly pushing for at Congress, 44 percent disapproved Obama's handling of healthcare, while 51 percent approved, according to the poll.
It also showed that more voters complained about Obama's handling with the government budget deficit, with about 54 percent disapproving.
Obama was sworn into presidency with an unprecedentedly high approval rate of over 70 percent, but has seen his popularity dropas he had a hard time to rebuild the country's economy, end the wars and push for the health care reform.