According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the growing unpopularity of Barack Obama and concern for the nation’s future are crushing any hope Democrats may have had to hold onto the Senate in November’s midterm elections.
The poll found “found a larger share of Americans think the country is on the wrong track than at any previous midterm election in the past 20 years. Mr. Obama’s approval rating–40%–is lower than that of former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at this stage of their own midterm meltdowns in 2006 and 1994, when both suffered significant losses in Congress”.
Republicans are polling better than Democrats on a host of issues including the key areas such as the economy and immigration.
“The news is not good for Democrats,” said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducts the Journal poll with Republican Bill McInturff. “It’s hard to sugarcoat these findings, which herald a tough election.”
One data point from the poll has 54% of voters trusting the GOP on national defense, while only 16% of voters trust the Democrats.
As world events overtake domestic political fights, Mr. Obama’s stature on that front continues to slump. He hit a new low in how Americans view his handling of foreign policy, with 32% approving and 62% disapproving. The biggest drop-off occurred among women and fellow Democrats.
The poll, which was conducted Sept. 3-7, overlapped with news that members of the Islamic State beheaded a second American journalist. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.