More than half — 53 percent — say they disapprove of Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, and a majority say Obama hasn't done a good job managing America's reputation in the world. Just 38 percent approve of his handling of the economy, while 39 percent approve of the job he's done on healthcare — both the lowest rankings in two years.

But dissatisfaction with lawmakers is bipartisan. Only a third of Americans have a positive rating of Republicans, the worst ever in the poll.

And while 68 percent say America is on the wrong track, voters are split on who should carry the blame. Of those surveyed, 32 percent said Obama has pursued the wrong policies, 28 percent say Republicans have stymied the economy, and three in 10 say that the recession is so bad that Washington couldn't do anything to help.

Only 27 percent say the economy will improve over the next year, down 12 points from three months earlier. And just a quarter of Americans said that the U.S. is on the right track. Nearly seven in 10 believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults between Sept. 20 and 23, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.