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WP/ABC Poll: Most Want GOP Congress To Stop Obama

From the Washington Post:

Post-ABC News poll shows Democrats at risk in November as Obama’s approval rating falls

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill | April 28, 2014

Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Whoa, Nellie! That’s the first time we can recall hearing that the majority want Congress in the hands of the GOP to control Obama. 

We thought everyone hated the Republicans in Congress. Weren’t we told that Obama and the Democrats were going to run on that premise?

Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC News polls. Just 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy, 37 percent approve of how he is handling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and 34 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Ukraine and Russia.

Obama’s low rating could be a significant drag on Democratic candidates this fall — past elections suggest that when approval ratings are as low as Obama’s, the president’s party is almost certain to suffer at the ballot box in November…

The Affordable Care Act is expected to be a major issue in the midterm elections. Obama recently urged Democrats to defend the law energetically, particularly after the administration announced that 8 million people signed up for it during the initial enrollment period. Republicans are confident that opposition to the new law will energize their supporters.

The Post-ABC poll found that 44 percent say they support the law while 48 percent say they oppose it, which is about where it was at the end of last year and in January. Half of all Americans also say they think implementation is worse than expected…

Pessimism about the economy also persists, with more than seven in 10 describing the economy in negative terms. Public attitudes about the future of the economy are anything but rosy. Just 28 percent say they think the economy is getting better, while 36 percent say it is getting worse and 35 percent say it’s staying the same.

Americans express continued discontent about the country’s direction, with two-thirds saying things are on the wrong track. Asked whether each party’s incumbents deserve relection [sic], at least six in 10 say they do not.

Among registered voters, 45 percent intend to vote for the Democratic candidate in House elections this fall, and 44 percent for the Republican candidate. Based on past elections, that close margin is troubling news for Democrats. Shortly before they lost control of the House in 2010, Democrats held a five-point advantage on this question.

Another measure of voting intentions came when people were asked whether they thought it was more important to have Democrats in charge in Congress to help support Obama’s policies or Republicans in charge to act as a check on the president’s policies. On this, 53 percent of voters say Republicans and 39 percent say Democrats. That is almost identical to the results of the same question when it was asked in September 2010, two months before the GOP landslide.

Oh, my.

The decline in Obama’s approval rating in the most recent poll was the result of lower support among both Democrats and independents. At this point, 74 percent of Democrats say they approve of his job performance, one point higher than his lowest ever in Post-ABC surveys. The worry for Obama and his party is that many of the Democrats who disapprove of Obama’s performance simply won’t show up in November.

Although Obama’s overall approval rating is at its lowest point ever in Post-ABC polls, his disapproval is still a few points better than at its worst. That’s because more people than usual say they had no opinion. At this point, Obama’s approval rating looks only slightly better than that of President George W. Bush in the spring of 2006…

Holy Moley. Please let it be true.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “WP/ABC Poll: Most Want GOP Congress To Stop Obama”

  1. dasher says:

    Holy Moley. Obama and the Democrats are really going to have to ramp up the racism and class warfare now.

    Don’t forget the MSM….


  2. GetBackJack says:

    Yeah, yeah, bla bla bla .. Obama is going to EMP the USA in October 2015.

    Get ready to never have another President

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The Post-ABC poll found that 44 percent say they support the law while 48 percent say they oppose it, which is about where it was at the end of last year and in January. Half of all Americans also say they think implementation is worse than expected…”

    Ah, the goebbelesque slant. Brought to you by the socialists.

    Can’t admit or even acknowledge that over 70% of the nation despise D’oh-bamacare. The cat’s out of the bag and even the casual observer can connect the dots.

    “If it’s so great, why are you constantly delaying all its features?”

    “If it’s so great, why are you still telling me it’s so great?”

    Yup, even your day-to-day mouth-breather can pretty much figure it out.

    “If it’s so great, why are you fining me for not having it?”

    Over 70% of the nation didn’t want it and they shoved it down our throats through nefarious, unethical means.

    “Why can’t I keep my doctor?”

    “Why can’t I keep the healthcare plan I had?”

    And these, and many more questions go unanswered except with,
    “Look, pal, shut up and do it or your un-American”

    Nice. Let me know how that works out.

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