According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, Democrats' fall forecast is as dreary as the cold rain dripping down on the nation's capitol today. The problems start at the top, with President Obama's approval rating of 41 percent, the lowest since the two outlets have been surveying his presidency.
The Affordable Care Act colors the way voters view him. Just 37 percent said they approve of how he's handling the law's implementation; 58 percent blame the new law for higher costs; 47 percent say it will make the nation's health care system worse.
The president got low marks in other areas, including the Ukraine/Russia crisis and the economy. Forty-six percent disapprove of how Obama is dealing with the situation in Ukraine and just 28 percent say the economy is getting better.
When asked whether they would prefer to have "Democrats in charge in Congress to help support Obama's policies or Republicans in charge to act as a check on the president's policies," 53 percent chose the latter option.
But voters can be a fickle lot and the sun may still come out in November. The survey also found that 52 percent of the respondents said they trust Democrats more to look out for the middle class.
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