For the first time in his presidency, Barack Obama has an approval rating in the NBC/WSJ poll of 42% His disapproval rate ties the all time high at 51% for a -9 for the president. Also, for the first time ever, Obama's personal approval ratings are underwater at 41%-45% for a -4. And looking at how people feel about President Obama after the shut down, 21% say they have a more favorable opinion of him, while 41% say they have a less favorable view of him for a -20.
In addition, only 22% of those polled thought the country was heading in the right direction. 70% think we are on the wrong track. It's interesting to note that this poll happened after Republicans caved and gave Obama everything he wanted. The Obamacare roll out has increased anxiety among the voters.
Bullet points from the poll below.
The public’s view of the Republican Party has reached another all-time low in the survey, with 22 percent seeing the GOP in a positive light and 53 percent viewing it negatively;
House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell remain unpopular;
Sixty-three percent of voters want to replace their own member of Congress, which is the highest percentage ever recorded on this question that dates back to 1992;
Seventy-four percent believe Congress is contributing to problems in Washington rather than solving them;
Only 22 percent think the nation is headed in the right direction;
And half of respondents (50 percent) think it’s likely that there will be another government shutdown.
Obamacare remains unpopular, with 37% approving and 47% disapproving for a -10.
The poll also has plenty of bad news for incumbents as the previous bullet points clearly showed. If that trend continues the general election in 2014 will be less dramatic than the primaries.