Voters Sour on Obama, Warm to GOP Congress
Poll: Obama's approval rating sinks to new low
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2014 11:59 AM CDT
U.S. President Barack Obama, along with Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, speaks at a joint news conference at Malacanang Palace in Manila, the Philippines, April 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama's approval rating has sunk to a new low, and a majority of the public would now prefer that Republicans control Congress as a check on his power, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals. Obama's approval dropped 5 points to 41%, his lowest ever by one point, and those who "strongly disapprove" outnumber those who "strongly approve" by 17 points. Voters say they prefer a Republican-controlled Congress by a 53-39 margin. The Post notes that split mirrors the response it got to the same question in September 2010, in advance of the GOP's big win.

The economy appears to be a major factor, with 71% viewing the economy negatively. Among those people, 62% favor Republican control. The news isn't all bad for Democrats, though. The public trusts Democrats more than Republicans to solve the country's "main problems," and favors Democratic positions on minimum wage, same-sex marriage, and women's issues. When asked how they'll actually vote this fall, 45% said they'd pull the lever for a Democratic House candidate, to only 44% for Republicans.

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May 5, 2014 1:37 AM CDT
Dropped 5 points on a poll with a 3 point error. Try again.
Apr 30, 2014 10:46 PM CDT
When will you Red Staters and so-called conservatives wise up? Never. Any people willing to vote against their own needs deserve more war and financial crises. The GOP causes 80% of the WORLDS troubles. It should be abolished.
Apr 30, 2014 9:06 PM CDT
Tried to tell him that those "little fibs" of his would catch up with him one day. Playing Emperor didn't help the cause either. Oh well, maybe somebody in Illinois can convince a sitting Senator to step down and give him a second life. I really sorry for those in the House. Once you're out, all you've got is that lousy pension and a few measly perks. Life is so unfair.