Obama and Congress Continue to Disappoint in Polls

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Christmas tidings are not filling Americans with merry feelings about the government, according to two new polls. A Quinnipiac University poll says President Obama’s approval/disapproval rating is 38/57 percent. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll asked the same question, and received a 43/54 percent response. The two are the latest in a string of declining approval ratings for the President.

Fred Yang, a Democratic pollster who worked on the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said that there is still time left in the Obama presidency, but the numbers from this poll are “a very critical inflection point.” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, was much more colorful in explaining that institution’s poll results. ”A rousing chorus of Bah! Humbug! for President Barack Obama as American voters head into the holidays with little charitable to say about the president.”

A slipping rate for President Obama has not boosted the view of Congress. In both polls, Republicans had the edge over the Democrats in regards to who a respondent would vote for if the 2014 midterms were held today. Forty-four percent from the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll wanted a Republican-controlled Congress, and 41 percent from Quinnipiac chose the Republican candidate in the House, 47 percent picked the Senatorial Republican. Democrats had 42 percent of the former, 38 and 42 percent of the latter.

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