Poll: Congress “one of the worst in history,” president’s approval drops

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WASHINGTON – As the year comes to an end, a new poll finds that more Americans disapprove of the president.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that more Americans disapprove of the president’s job performance than ever before.

According to the poll, Obama’s overall job-approval rating stands at 43 percent and 54 percent say they disapprove of his job, which is the highest mark in his presidency.

In fact, half say they are either disappointed of dissatisfied with his presidency and 54 percent believe he is facing a long-term setback.

President Obama has also seen a drop in presidential attributes; just 28 percent give the president high grades for being able to achieve his goals and only 37 percent give him high marks for being honest and straightforward.

This year, the administration has faced a targeting scandal inside the IRS, leaking of NSA information, the government shutdown and the troubles with the Affordable Care Act.

For the first time in the poll, a majority views the health law as a bad idea instead of a good one.

Experts say the declining numbers are similar to a drop George W. Bush experienced in his second term.

Congress is also feeling the pressure.

A majority of respondents call this Congress “one of the worst” in history in terms of performance and accomplishments.

Officials say 51 percent answered that way, making it the highest-percentage answering that way since 1990.

By comparison, 28 percent say it’s “below average,” 17 percent call it “average” and just two percent say it is “above average.”

The poll was conducted earlier this month and consisted of 1,000 adults.

For more information, or to view the full poll, visit MSN’s website.