Obama's unpopularity might be opening for GOP, poll suggests

President Obama’s job approval rating has dropped to a new low of 41 percent, which could be an advantage to Republicans in the midterm elections, a new poll suggests.

Obama’s latest approval rating has dropped from the 43-percent approval he received in January, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday.

More than half of the public, 54 percent, disapproved of his job.

A third of those surveyed said their vote this November will signal opposition to Obama, while 24 percent said their vote would signal support foe the president. 

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Forty-one percent, meanwhile, said their vote in the midterm elections would have nothing to do with Obama’s ratings.

The poll indicates people are divided over which party they’d prefer having control of Congress. Forty-four percent wanted the GOP to be in the majority, but 43 percent wanted the same for Democrats. Thirteen percent said they’re unsure.

A majority of the public appears to be much more adamant about electing new politicians to Congress. The survey found 55 percent said they want to give a new person a chance and only 34 percent said their incumbent representatives deserve to be reelected. Eleven percent said they’re unsure.

If ballots included the option to replace every lawmaker in Congress, 54 percent said they would make that selection, the poll found. 

The poll comes a day after Bloomberg released another poll suggesting Obama’s approval rating has improved substantially over the last year. 

According to that poll, 48 percent approved of his job, which is 6 percentage points higher than December.