While President Barack Obama seemed to avoid public scorn in the early days of the recent government shutdown, the results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed that the president's approval rating has taken a big hit in the weeks since then.
The poll showed that a record low 42 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as president, down from 47 percent in a poll conducted earlier this month.
Additionally, 51 percent of Americans said they disapprove of Obama's job performance, up from 48 percent and matching a record high.
The NBC/WSJ pollsters attributed the drop in Obama's approval rating to an accumulation of setbacks, including the allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, the debate over Syria's chemical weapons, the government shutdown, and the problems with the Obamacare website.
The poll found that Obama's personal ratings have also taken a hit, with 41 percent viewing him positively compared to 45 percent that view him negatively.
This marks the first time that more Americans view Obama negatively than positively since he emerged as a national political candidate.
However, Obama is far from the only unpopular politician in Washington, as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., are also all viewed more negatively than positively.
The poll also showed that 53 percent have a negative view of the Republican Party as a whole, compared to just 22 percent that view the GOP positively.
The Democratic Party is viewed somewhat more positively, although its ratings are still upside-down at 40 percent negative versus 37 percent positive.
In remains to be seen if the anger at Washington will have any real impact on future elections, although the poll found that 63 percent of voters want to replace their own member of Congress.
The poll also showed that a majority of Americans do not identify with either major party, and 30 percent said they would prefer to vote for an independent or third party candidate.
The NBC/WSJ survey of 800 adult was conducted October 25th through 28th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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