It's a 'JetBlue Election' for Voters Angry About It All

President, Congress, both parties get low marks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2010 7:31 PM CDT
President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Wall Street Journal and NBC have a new poll out, and—surprise, surprise—Americans are in a seriously foul mood about pretty much everything. Consider the midterms the "JetBlue election," says Democratic pollster Peter Hart. "Everyone's hurling invective and they're all taking the emergency exit." Some highlights:

  • Americans are about evenly split on Obama's overall job performance, but 60% don't think he's got the right policies to fix the economy.

  • The percentage of people who think positive thoughts about the GOP fell to 24%, a record low.
  • Democrats don't fare much better, and their frustrated voters are more likely to sit out this election than Republicans.
  • Those who think this Congress is among the worst of all time is at an all-time high.
  • Two-thirds don't think the economy has hit bottom.
  • Nearly 70% feel less confident about the Afghan war, and less than half approve of Obama's handling of it.

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