President Obama’s numbers have fallen to a new low in Quinnipiac’s polling, with 38 percent approving of the job he’s doing, against 57 percent disapproving.
As Noah Rothman points out, these numbers are a few points worse than George W. Bush’s 40–54 approval rating at this same point in his presidency. President Obama is down from a November 12 Quinnipiac survey that had him at 39–54 approval/disapproval.
Perhaps most damning, the president is underwater with two key groups of supporters, women (44–49) and voters ages 18–29 (41–49).
Obama’s problems appear to be harming Democrats on the national level, as well: Voters favored Republicans over Democrats on a generic ballot for their local U.S. House seat by three points, 41–38. This is the first time all year Quinnipiac has Democrats losing the generic congressional ballot. Voters also say they would prefer that Republicans control both the U.S. Senate and House, by a 47–42 margin.
One glimmer of hope for the president: Support for raising the minimum wage, a proposal he’s recently pushed, commands a clear majority, 69–27 percent, with no demographic groups opposed.