Poll: Obama's Approval Rating Drops to Record Low

| by Emily Smith

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings hit a record law amid growing concerns over U.S. spying and Obamacare, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll published Wednesday.

Obama’s approval rating currently stands at 42 percent, rather than the high 40s he was at in April. Some 45 percent of pollsters reported that they viewed Obama unfavorably.

The poll reported that no particular reason had lowered Obama’s approval rating, but that it had seen a decline since administrative setbacks starting in the summer. The allegations of spying by the National Security Agency, the speculation of war with Syria, the government shutdown and Obamacare website glitches have all contributed to plummeting approval ratings.

The perception of Republicans has declined as well, with 53 percent of pollsters viewing them unfavorably — a record low. Pollsters were also 15 percent more likely to blame Republicans for the shutdown than Obama.

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Ted Cruz are all viewed more negatively than positively.

Three quarters of Americans said they believed Congress contributes negatively to the country, with 63 percent vowing to elect a new representative in their district.

The poll surveyed 800 adults by phone from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28.

Sources: The Huffington Post, USA Today