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Obama disapproval hits new high

Pres. Obama speaking in Italy on Thursday
Pres. Obama speaking in Italy on Thursday
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President Obama's disapproval rating has hit a record high of 59 percent, according to the results of an AP-GfK poll released on Wednesday.

His approval rating stands at only 41 percent, according to the poll, with only 14 percent strongly approving. This overall rating is down four points from a January AP-GfK poll, while his disapproval rating is up six points.

For the March poll, 62 percent said that the country is headed in the wrong direction, though this is down two points from January, while 37 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction, up from 35 percent.

In all of the categories about which respondents were questioned, Obama ranked low in approval. These categories include the economy, foreign policy, immigration, the federal budget and education. His approval is especially low on the federal budget, with a 63 percent disapproval rating.

It's not just Obama who has low approval ratings, though, as both the Democratic and Republican parties are viewed unfavorably.

The poll found that the Democrats have a 54 percent disapproval rating, only slightly higher than the Republican Party's 60 percent disapproval rate.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents, however, said that they would prefer to see the Republicans win control of Congress, beating the Democrats by one point.

The respondents also had a negative view of the U.S. economy. Sixty-five percent said that the economy is doing poorly. Only 34 percent said it's good.

The poll was conducted between March 20-24, with likely voters over the age of 18.