President Obama’s approval ratings are falling, but not like those of Congress.
Obama’s approval rating is 45% in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, just one point above the low that he hit in August of 2011.
Congress’ approval rating? It’s 12%, tied for its lowest standing in the history of the poll.
As Obama kicks off a series of economic speeches with an address Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill., the NBC/WSJ poll reflects public dissatisfaction with all aspects of the federal government.
“There is a palpable unhappiness with Washington,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican counterpart Bill McInturff. “Outside the Beltway, voters are saying, ‘You don’t get it.'”
On Obama’s numbers, NBC reports:
“A combined 44% say they are either ‘optimistic and confident’ or ‘satisfied and hopeful’ that Obama will do a good job during the rest of his second term in office – down 7 points from January 2013, at the beginning of the president’s second term.
“By contrast, a combined 56% say they are either ‘uncertain’ or ‘pessimistic’ about the remainder of his second term - up 8 points since January 2013.
“And just 34% believe the president’s health-care law is a good idea, versus 47% who say it’s a bad idea, which is virtually unchanged from June.
“But by 51% to 45%, respondents say congressional Republicans should stop trying to block the law instead of doing everything they can to prevent it from being implemented.”