The poll finds Obama with a 41 percent approval rating, which matches his lowest point — reached last month — in the same survey. The president has a 56 percent disapproval rating.
Obama slid 14 points over the course of a year that was dominated by the botched rollout of his health care reform law and controversy over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. In January, following his reelection, Obama held a 55 percent approval rating.
The poll found that the president is losing support among key groups.
“A majority of women and half of younger Americans, two key components of the Obama coalition that helped to elect and re-elect him to the White House, disapprove of Obama's track record as President,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
According to the poll, Obama has strong support overall among Democrats, with 75 percent saying they approve of his performance. With independent voters, though, Obama stands at 32 percent approval, and at 8 percent among Republicans.
The president has fallen sharply in a number of polls since the launch of the glitch-riddled healthcare.gov website. While the administration launched a “tech surge” to fix the website, the troubles undercut the efforts to enroll consumers in Obamacare, threatening the success of Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
The president was also forced to apologize for his broken promise that Americans could keep their current health coverage despite new regulations as insurers began dropping consumers from plans.
The administration was also distracted by a number of controversies, including the scandal of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department’s subpoenaing of reporters’ private emails and lingering questions from GOP lawmakers over the White House response to the Benghazi consulate attack.
Obama’s numbers also match those of former President George W. Bush, who held a 41 percent rating at the same point in his second term. By comparison, Bill Clinton stood at 56 percent in December 1997 and Ronald Reagan had 63 percent approval in December 1985.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 16 to 19 and has a 3-point margin of error.