President Barack Obama is struggling to overcome widespread pessimism about the economy and deep frustration with Washington, notching the lowest job-approval ratings of his presidency in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
The results suggest Mr. Obama could weigh on fellow Democrats in midterm elections this fall, particularly in the conservative states that will play a large role in deciding whether his party retains its Senate majority.
Mr. Obama’s job approval ticked down to 41% in March from 43% in January, marking a new low. Some 54% disapproved of the job he is doing, matching a previous high from December, when the botched rollout of his signature health law played prominently in the news. The latest survey also showed the lowest-ever approval in Journal/NBC polling for Mr. Obama’s handling of foreign policy.
The findings come amid dissatisfaction with all elected leaders in Washington and low regard for the Republican Party. Roughly a quarter of those polled view the GOP positively, with 45% harboring negative views, weaker numbers than for the Democratic Party.
So the GOP has low overall approval? That and $11,000 can get you an ObamaCare plan.
Americans surveyed in the poll said they were less inclined to support a candidate if the person had been endorsed by Mr. Obama or was a “solid supporter” of his administration. Approval of Mr. Obama is particularly weak in the South and Midwest, regions where Democrats could have a tough time defending Senate seats.
The midwest, huh? Like, say, in Illinois? Meanwhile, licking their wounds from the David Jolly win over a favored Alex Sink, the Democrat spin machine was in overdrive:
In FL13, if best GOP does is win a close race in a seat they've held for 58yrs it doesn't bode well for making ACA a signature issue.
— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) March 11, 2014
He fails to mention the Democrats outspent the GOP by nearly a million dollars and had a 4-to-1 advantage in television ads. The GOP held that seat so long because the late Bill Young was in it for 43 years and often ran unopposed. Need more spin? Here’s Democrat Attack Poodle Debbie Blabbermouth-Schultz:
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) March 12, 2014
The GOP won, but hey, they really lost, so there’s that.