Obama (and Congress) hit new poll lows

Obama (and Congress) hit new poll lows

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks and takes reporters' questions in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama talked about the new jobs numbers, the failure of Congress to pass border security legislation, the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict and the crisis in Ukraine.

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by DAVID JACKSON

USA TODAY

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

President Obama has hit another low in another poll, but so have many of his critics in Congress.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives the president an approval rating of 40%, a record low; Congress has a rating of only 14%, also a low.

NBC News reports that "six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80% are down on the country's political system."

The pollsters "attribute the wide discontent to the lingering effects of the Great Recession, as well as a loss of faith in the country's politicians," NBC says.

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