Obama approval hits new low, along with almost everyone else’s

From NBC’s daily political memo, “First Read,” by Chuck Todd and others, based on the just out NBC/Wall Street Journal poll:

On this Halloween, it’s only appropriate to point out that ALL Washington politicians have been cursed by the American public after the government shutdown and after the latest sparring over the health-care law and its website troubles. According to our new NBC/WSJ poll, just 42% approve of President Obama’s job performance (his all-time low in the poll), and 51% disapprove of his job (tied for his all-time high).

What’s more, for the first time in the survey, Obama’s fav/unfav rating is upside-down, with 41% viewing him a favorable light and 45% viewing him negatively.

But it’s not just the president. The public’s view of the Republican Party has reached another all-time low in the survey, with now just 22% seeing the GOP in a positive light and 53% viewing it negatively; House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell remain unpopular at record levels; 63% 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); only 22% think the nation is headed in the right direction; and half of respondents (50%) think it’s likely there will be another government shutdown.

If either party is trying to comfort themselves in the others’ woes, then they are completely misreading the message from the public.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by mark wallek on 10/31/2013 - 10:57 am.

    The view from here…

    Looks to me like Obama, and our congressional “representatives” have abandoned the working class citizen in favor of the emerging investor class. Though not alive in 1929, I believe we had a cancerous body of investors then as well, and look where that got the nation. The looming doom that everyone feels but nobody seems to be able to articulate is rooted in this phenomenon of great profit without actually producing anything. Unlimited growth as an operational model is really warping our perceptions of what is necessary for life, and an inability to manage our population and distribute our wealth equitably has fostered the social and economic imbalance so obvious today. Whether it’s a dole check or a dividends check sent out, both are now dragging down a once vibrant society.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/31/2013 - 11:33 am.

    The disapproval of the republican party

    includes the strong opinions of conservatives and tea partiers who believe that Boehner et al are idiots and should be replaced post haste in the next primary election. You don’t get approval numbers of 22% without members of your own party agreeing that you’re doing a lousy job.

    It was the same reason why George W. Bush had such lousy numbers at the end. Half of those “thumbs-down” were from conservatives who thought he 1) spent too much money and 2) shouldn’t have pushed the bail-out plan, which was related to the fact that he essentially phoned in the last year of his presidency.

    There doesn’t appear to be a similar measure of how democrats view the work of their party, which is interesting by its absence. I don’t know how honest a typical democrat is with herself when evaluating their political leadership, but I can guess.

  3. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/31/2013 - 01:57 pm.

    It’s not surprising

    When the people who purport to be “leading” the country provoke or tolerate a shut-down of an increasingly dysfunctional government, there should be no surprise that the public generally has a low opinion of those people. I’d be surprised if both pundits and political operatives *were* surprised by the poll outcomes. Criminals usually know when what they’re doing is criminal. The self-serving, however, often don’t recognize that particular syndrome.

    For the most part, my 2¢ is to endorse Mark Wallek’s comment. We’ve allowed a poisonous and predatory 1% to increasingly dominate both electoral politics and public policy, to the detriment of the other 99. Even when they don’t especially mean to be malevolent those with power and wealth are going to favor policies that preserve that power and wealth, even if it’s at the expense of the very people that have made them wealthy and powerful. It’s a rare aristocracy, indeed, that voluntarily gives up its influence, and I see no evidence in recent years that our own version of aristocracy sees any reason to relinquish even a shred of the influence it’s paid so much to accumulate.

    My disappointment in Mr. Obama is profound, whether it’s striving repeatedly to deal rationally with a band of zealots in the opposition political party that wants him to fail, no matter what the cost to the country or its people, or the foreign policy mistakes that more or less cancel out his foreign policy successes — some of the latter of which can be attributed to Secretaries of State.

    This feels to me a lot like 1968, without — thank goodness — the list of assassinations. Large segments of the public, on both the left and right, have lost faith in their government and its legitimacy. The half-baked anarchy incoherently being pushed by the right wing would simply exacerbate the multiple problems we have, and I’ve seen little evidence that left-wing solutions necessarily do a better job of addressing problems like educational inadequacy and vast income discrepancy. The foundations of a genuinely public political state are being eroded, far more by the right than the left, but in the end, both are contributing to the decline.

    Frankly, I’m happy I’m not teaching government any more. It would be difficult to generate much enthusiasm for the current state of the political process.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/31/2013 - 03:26 pm.

    I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!

    But not quite mad enough to really study the issues and decide WHO is most at fault.

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