Obama's Approval Hits New Low

But Congress, as ever, is even worse
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2010 10:15 AM CDT
President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, in this July 12 file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama’s approval rating dips to a new low in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Just 43% approve of the job the president is doing, while 54% disapprove—including one-third of Democrats. Obama’s supporters aren’t very enthusiastic, either: Twice as many people gave him a strongly negative rating as gave a strongly positive one.

The president remains a lot more popular than anyone in Congress—less than one-third of voters had faith in either party there. Overall, respondents were close to evenly divided on whether they’ll back a Democrat or Republican in November’s House races, but that’s bad news for Democrats, who are defending far more seats. Even worse for Democrats is the strength of anti-incumbent fever—just 26% say they’ll vote for their current rep.

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