The Washington Times - November 4, 2013, 10:57AM

Incumbent politicians could face a tough road in the year ahead if “sharply negative” poll numbers stay in place, according to a new George Washington University Battleground Poll.

The poll found that more than 70 percent of likely voters think the country is on the wrong track, with 61 percent “strongly” holding that view.


Only 13 percent of voters think the economy is “excellent” or “good,” and 42 percent think the economy is “poor.”

President Obama received low marks, with his job approval at 44 percent and 52 percent of voters “expressing disapproval” of his performance.

Democrats in Congress have a 53 percent to 41 percent unfavorable-to-favorable rating, while Republicans face an even worse outlook: 65 percent think negatively of the party’s lawmakers on Capitol Hill, while just 27 percent see them favorably.

“American voters are extraordinarily dispirited,” said Christopher Arterton, founding dean of the university’s Graduate School of Political Management. “The fights in Washington over the federal budget and the debt ceiling, coming on top of an aggravatingly slow economic recovery, have produced a cauldron of discontent. If these sentiments last for the next 12 months, a large number of incumbents are going to be in trouble on Election Day.”