Poll: Obama Approval Rating Hits New Low, Spelling Trouble For Midterms

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President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped to a new low that may put Democrats at risk in November’s midterm elections, according to a new poll.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday found that Obama’s approval rating is at 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year. That’s the lowest approval rating the poll has recorded during his presidency.

Notably, the poll also found that 53 percent of voters said they’d prefer to see Republicans control Congress as a check on the President compared to 29 percent who said they’d rather have Democrats in charge to shore up the Obama administration’s policies.

But Democrats held a razor-thin margin among registered voters for this fall’s House elections, 45 percent to Republicans’ 44 percent, according to the survey. Voters said they favored Democrats 43-35 percent on health care, 52-32 percent on issues facing the middle class and a whopping 55-25 percent on women’s issues, so candidates may be able to capitalize on those particular strengths during their campaigns.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll surveyed 1,000 adults by phone from April 24-27. It had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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