As we come ever closer to the midterm elections, the Economist/YouGov Poll shows no indication of a surge in support for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives – in fact, it suggests the opposite – and little or no change in public assessment of the President’s performance in office.
Once again, the President’s approval rating is near its all-time low, with just 42% approving of the way he is handling his job as President. 52% disapprove. 59% of independents disapprove.
On the critical issue of the economy, the President gets only a 35% approval rating – with 58% disapproving. That is only three points above his all-time low of 32% on this issue, as measured in late August.
And the Republicans now hold an eight-point lead when it comes to likely voters’ choices for the U.S. House of Representatives. 52% of likely voters say they will vote or are leaning towards voting for Republican candidates for the U.S. House in their district; 44% choose the Democrats candidate.
Last week, Republicans had a four-point lead – 49% to 45%.
Americans still have a slightly more positive view of the Democratic Party than of the Republican Party – which means only that fewer are unfavorable towards the Democrats than the Republicans. Both parties have suffered drops in favorability in the last two weeks.
|Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following groups?|
October 2-5, 2010
October 16-19, 2010
Favorable opinions about the Tea Party have also dropped in the last two weeks: now just 35% are favorable, 44% are not.
|Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following groups? (Independent respondents only)|
The Democratic Party
The Republican Party
The Tea Party Movement
Independent voters give the Republican Party a slight edge here. And they have mixed feelings about the Tea Party: just about as many independents have a favorable as an unfavorable opinion of it.
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