- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

President Obama’s 40 percent job approval rating is his worst-ever recorded in a Washington Post-ABC News poll, and the favorability of his party has hit a new low with just about three weeks remaining until voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in the midterm elections.

Forty percent approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing, and 51 percent disapprove. Majorities also disapprove of how the president is handling immigration, the economy, international affairs, the implementation of his health care law and the situation involving the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Meanwhile, 39 percent of Americans see the Democratic party favorably and 51 percent view in unfavorably — the most in polls since 1984, according to an accompanying poll memo. Republicans have a weaker 33 percent/56 percent favorable/unfavorable split, but when winnowed down to likely voters, Republicans have a 7-point lead, 50 percent to 43 percent, in the generic congressional ballot.

Among registered voters, Democrats have a 2-point lead in the generic ballot, 46 percent to 44 percent.

In a separate NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 42 percent approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president and 52 percent disapprove — actually a slight uptick from a 40/54 approve/disapprove split Mr. Obama had in the August and September surveys.

Fifty-three percent disapprove of how he is handling the economy and 61 percent disapprove of how he is handling foreign policy.

Likely voters in that poll prefer a GOP-controlled Congress to a Democratic-controlled one, 46 percent to 44 percent, but neither party has a favorable image. Twenty-seven percent have a positive view of the Republican party and 50 percent have a negative one, while 37 percent have a positive view of the Democratic party and 43 percent have a negative view.

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