- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Forty-four percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s job performance and 50 percent disapprove, said a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll — a slight uptick from his all-time low 41 percent approval rating in the poll last month.

Majorities of Americans do not approve of how Mr. Obama is handling neither the economy nor foreign policy, but for the first time since early October, more people have a positive view of the president (44 percent) than a negative one (41 percent).

A majority of registered voters also believe the economy is stacked against people like them, and a majority of Americans say that because of a widening income gap, America is no longer a country where, regardless of their background, people have an opportunity to improve their standard of living.

However, a plurality of respondents — 47 percent to 39 percent — say the current economic conditions are something Mr. Obama inherited as opposed to something his policies are mostly responsible for.

Forty-one percent believe that the economy has improved during his presidency and give him some credit, 17 percent say the economy has improved but do not give him much credit, and 42 percent say the economy has not really improved.

Thirty-six percent say Mr. Obama’s health care law was a good idea and 46 percent say it was a bad idea — a slight uptick from a 35 percent/49 percent split last month.

But just about one-fifth of voters say the should be completely repealed. Two-thirds of voters say it needs a major overhaul or minor modifications to improve it, and eight percent think it’s working well the way it is.

As for the midterm elections, 45 percent of registered voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress, and 45 percent prefer a Democratic-controlled one.

Forty-two percent of those polled identified with the Democratic party in some form, 34 percent identified with the Republican party, and 17 percent said they were independent.

The poll of 1,000 adults taken from April 23-27 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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