Obama's low approval sinks Dems, poll finds

President Obama is suffering an all-time low approval rating and a plurality of registered voters want the GOP to control both chambers, according to a new survey out from Quinnipiac University on Tuesday. 

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The poll indicates 57 percent of registered voters nationwide disapprove of the job Obama's doing and only 38 percent approve, a new low for the embattled president.

He's underwater with nearly every demographic and ideological group, except blacks, Hispanics and Democrats. Obama even loses young Americans, typically his strongest supporters, nearly 50 percent of whom say they disapprove of his job performance.

Republicans are hoping continued issues with the rollout of the healthcare reform law will boost them in the midterm elections. Many cite the fact that Obama apparently misled Americans when he pledged that they could keep their insurance under ObamaCare if they wanted to.

And the new survey indicates Republicans could be on track to hold the House and even take back the Senate.

Democrats need 17 seats to take back the lower chamber, a tall order during a midterm election year, when the political climate tends to favor the party out of power in the White House.

The new poll shows their climb to 17 seats getting steeper. Republicans have a 3-point lead in a generic House match-up, the first time in Quinnipiac polling this year that they're ahead of Democrats in the battle for the House.

Forty-seven percent of Americans say they want Republicans to pick up the six seats they need to take back the Senate, while 42 percent would like it to remain in Democratic hands.

Fifty percent of independent voters prefer Republicans in each chamber, the poll finds.

The survey indicates that the poor showing for Democrats is largely independent from Obama's own dismal approval rating, as a plurality of voters say the president isn't a factor in their vote in House elections.

From Dec. 3-9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,692 registered voters nationwide. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.