CNN host Jon King said on his program today that “in a midterm election year, the North Star is the president’s approval rating.”
It would seem that Obama’s star is burning out.
According to a new Wall Street Journal/ NBC News poll, President Obama’s job approval rating now stands at 40%–a new low for Barry. And his disapproval rating is at 54%, which matches a previous high. The same poll also says that 36% of Americans approve of Mr. Obama’s handling of foreign policy (who the heck are these people?). And a whopping 60% say they disapprove of Obama’s handling of foreign policy—his worst numbers yet.
The American electorate is finally starting to wake up to the fact that the economic hardships they’re facing, can be directly linked to six years of Obama’s troublesome policies.
For example, 76% of adults surveyed said they lack confidence that their children’s generation will have a better life than they do. That is an all-time high. Another 71% of adults believe the country is on the wrong track, and 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline, according the WSJ/NBC poll.
A still lagging economy and Obama’s scandal-ridden Presidency will drive Republicans to the polls this coming Novemeber, and will likely cause disillusioned Democrats to stay at home.
NRO’s Jim Geraghty writes:
Obamacare remainsas unpopular as ever, with some indicators that it is growing even more unpopular. Some states, such as California and Florida, are facing significantly higher health-insurance premiums next year. The Department of Veterans Affairs disgraced itself with unforgivable scandals of denied care and inhumane waits, and now everyone hopes the new boss can fix the problems of the old boss.
“If you look at what the president is saying, his messages publicly, there’s a total disconnect between, clearly, what the American public feels and what he is saying is going on in the economy,” said Wall Street Journal reporter Carol Lee.
“On Friday he came out and said things are getting better. And clearly, people don’t feel that way. The president was campaigning — raising money in California — a few weeks ago and he was saying people feel better than they did five years ago. And some of the folks who were interviewed, who participated in this poll explicitly said that they don’t feel better than they did five years ago,” she added.
The WSJ/NBC poll does say that 54% of adults view Congressional Republicans negatively, compared to 46% who view Democrats in Congress negatively. However, the GOP isn’t in risk of losing control of the House, and a consistent round of polls suggest that Republicans will have control of the Senate by this time next year.
The 2014 November elections are now just 90 days away.
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