The new Washington Post-ABC News survey showed that Obama's approval marks had fallen five percentage points since the first three months of 2014 and that a majority of respondents wanted a Republican Congress to counter the White House.
Furthermore, just 42 percent of those surveyed approved of the president's handling of the economy, 37 percent supported his implementation of Obamacare, and just one-third of respondents backed his approach to the standoff with Russia over Ukraine.
Republicans need to pick up six seats to take control of the Senate, and Democrats fear that negative perceptions of the president and his signature health law could imperil their hopes of retaining the upper chamber.
Of those surveyed, 53 percent said it was most important to have a Republican Congress to challenge the president’s agenda, while just 39 percent said they favored Democratic control on Capitol Hill.
Still, the poll found that the public favors Democrats on issues related to women and the middle class — areas where liberals will attempt to paint Republicans as out of touch.
But November’s elections will largely come down to perceptions of Obamacare. And the poll found that 48 percent said they disapproved of the Affordable Care Act, compared with 44 percent who said they supported the law.
However, Democrats have been emboldened by recent polling that shows more Americans favor improving the president’s signature domestic initiative than repealing it altogether.