- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Americans are fed up with President Obama and the way things are going in their country, found a new poll.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey showed that 60 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the U.S. economy, 70 percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction and 54 percent disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance.

“We’re in the summer of our discontent,” Democratic pollster Peter Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, told NBC News. “Americans are cranky, unhappy. … It is with everything going on the world.”

Mr. Obama’s overall approval rating stood at 40 percent, an all-time low, which was down from 41 percent in June, according to the poll.

As is often the case, Congress was even less popular than Mr. Obama, with just 14 percent of voters saying the approved of what goes on under the Capitol dome.

The pollsters attribute the deep depth of discontent to the lingering effects of the Great Recession and a growing loss of faith in the country’s politicians.

The outrage has reached a level where 57 percent of respondents said that something angered them enough that they would carry a protest sign for a day.

Some of the signs they would carry included:

• “Impeach Obama,” said a female Republican from Ohio.

• “Republicans and Congress, do your job,” countered a male Democrat from Kentucky.

• “Close the borders,” added a Republican-leaning female from Massachusetts.

• “Stop bombing people in Ukraine and Gaza and Israel,” said a male Democrat from Texas.

• “Our government needs an overhaul,” said a female independent from Florida.

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