WaPo/ABC poll: Obama approval rating at new low. Illinois drag?

Written By Lynn Sweet Posted: 04/29/2014, 08:32am

WASHINGTON — A new Washington Post/ABC News poll put President Barack Obama’s approval ratings at a new low — with voters prefering Republicans controlling Congress for the last two years of his second term. The poll helps explains why, in the two big Chicago area House contests it would not be surprising to find Democratic Reps. Bill Foster and Brad Schneider distancing themselves from the White House — they certainly did during the sequestation — as their Republican challengers, state Sen. Darlene Senger and former Rep. Bob Dold make the case for checks and balances in Congress.

Read the entire poll HERE.

Read the Washington Post story about the poll by Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill HERE. Read the ABC News story about the poll HERE.

Excerpt: “Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.


“Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC News polls. Just 42 percent approve of his handling of the economy, 37 percent approve of how he is handling the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and 34 percent approve of his handling of the situation involving Ukraine and Russia.”

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