Poll: Obama’s approval rating declines a bit, while disapproval of Congress hits an all-time high


What surprises me about THIS is that the president hasn’t really taken much of a hit in the past month:

The American public’s dissatisfaction with Washington has reached new heights, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, as the political world continues to fight the same intractable battles over the budget, health care and immigration.

A whopping 83 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress’ job, which is an all-time high in the survey. What’s more, President Barack Obama has seen his job-approval rating dip to its lowest level since August 2011, when the debt-ceiling showdown wounded almost every Washington politician.

And nearly six-in-10 voters say they would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress if they had such an option on their ballot ­ another all-time high.


Asked to explain their dissatisfaction, respondents cite (in order) partisanship and the inability of Congress to get things done, middle-class Americans being ignored and the Obama administration’s policies and leadership.

But there’s a stark political divide: Democrats and independents blame partisanship and congressional gridlock as their chief culprit, while Republicans blame the president.

Still, there are signs that Republicans are shouldering more of the blame for the situation in the nation’s capital: just 22 percent say they believe the GOP is interested in unifying the country in a bipartisan way, versus 45 percent who say the same about Obama.


The poll also shows that the president’s overall job-approval rating stands at 45 percent, a 3-point drop from last month, although it’s within the poll’s margin of error.

That rating is one point off from his all-time presidential low that came in Aug. 2011…

The drop is explained in part by an erosion in support among African-American respondents ­– 78 percent approve of his job, down from 88 percent in June and 93 percent in April.


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