Obama's low approval rating hints at possible trouble for Dems

U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the White House after a day trip to New York on March 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  (Pool, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the White House after a day trip to New York on March 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Pool, Getty Images)
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Updated: 3/11/2014 10:32 pm
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has notched the worst job approval rating of his presidency -- which signals that trouble may be brewing for the Democratic party in this year's critical midterm elections, according to a new survey.

A poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, released Tuesday, reported that just 41 percent of those surveyed said they approve of Obama's performance in office -- the lowest rating of his administration.

The president's new health care law and budgetary issues are almost certainly responsible for the bulk of disapproval, although it isn't just Obama who may be in trouble. With the midterm elections looming in November, the entire Democratic party might feel the shockwaves.

The poll said 48 percent of those questioned responded that they are less likely to vote for any candidate who is an ardent Obama supporter. And 43 percent said they would prefer the Republican party control the House of Representatives.

Experts noted that Obama's current predicament isn't much different than former President George W. Bush's (37 percent approval) in 2006, when trouble within his party ultimately led Republicans to lose both the House and Senate.

Interestingly, some of the strife is coming from the president's own party -- where 20 percent of Democrats now disapprove of Obama's performance.

The survey also indicated that Americans may not be as disillusioned with Obama's health care overhaul as Republicans would have people believe. Just under 50 percent polled said they would choose to keep the health care law and fix it, as opposed to 47 percent who said they would likely to vote for a candidate who would repeal or eliminate it.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Americans between March 5-9, and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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