President Barack Obama’s approval rating sank to a new low of 45 percent, while his disapproval rating rose to 52 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll. It was the first time more Americans disapproved than approved of Obama in an Ipsos poll since he became president.
But Republicans had little to crow about because they were blamed more than Democrats for Washington being broken, according to the August national poll.
Among registered voters the readings were about even when looking ahead to the November midterm elections, with 46 percent likely to vote for Republican candidates and 45 percent for Democrats.
Unemployment topped the list of economic worries with 92 percent of those surveyed expressing concern. The unemployment rate in June and July was 9.5 percent.
“Ninety-two percent, that’s a very, very high number,” Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said. “We’re seeing (an interest in) a jobs agenda that we haven’t seen in almost two decades.”