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

(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.

President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.
President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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