The Washington Times - September 26, 2013, 08:34AM

A poll released Wednesday shows that President Obama’s disapproval numbers are at a two-year low but that Republicans are worse off and would be saddled with the blame if Congress fails to reach an agreement to avoid a government shutdown.

The CBS News/New York Times poll also showed that Obamacare remains unpopular but that many more voters want Congress to improve the law rather than cutting off funding for it.


Mr. Obama’s approval rating has dropped from 51 percent to 43 percent since the beginning of the year, and his disapproval numbers have jumped from 41 percent to 49 percent over that same time period.

More voters, meanwhile, disapprove than approve of the way Mr. Obama has handled the economy, foreign policy, health care and relations with Iran, as well as the Syria situation and the budget deficit.

But they trust the president more than congressional Republicans on the economy, health care and the budget deficit.

“Most Americans disapprove of the job both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are doing overall, but Republicans receive more criticism, ” the poll found. “Just 21 percent now approve, down from 25 percent over the summer. Approval ratings for the Democrats in Congress are also down by five points, to 31 percent.”

The poll also found that when given the choice, more voters by a wide margin would be willing to cut military spending before touching Medicare and Social Security.

This poll was conducted Sept. 19-23 by telephone among 1,014 adults nationwide.

The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.