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Wash. Post/ABC News Poll: Most Say Obama's Presidency a Failure

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 05:16 PM

Most Americans believe President Barack Obama's term in office has been a failure, with 51 percent disapproving of the job he is doing, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. 

Just over half of all adults surveyed — 51 percent — think Obama is doing a bad job, while 42 percent approve. But the number is even higher when the poll focused on registered voters. Fifty-four percent of them disapproved of Obama's performance, and 42 percent disapproved.

Fifty-two percent said Obama's presidency is a failure.

Between 54 and 56 percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy, international affairs and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.) Fifty-nine percent don't like how he is handling immigration.

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Despite their disapproval, most (54 percent) say their feelings for or against Obama will not affect their votes in the November midterm elections. Nineteen percent said their vote will express support for Obama, while 27 percent said it will express opposition to him.

Republicans already hold a majority of House seats and hope to gain control of the Senate in November.

The poll shows 45 percent of Americans believe the GOP will succeed in wresting control of the Senate from Democrats, while 40 percent think they will fail in the effort.

Thirty-two percent believe a GOP-led Senate would be a good thing, while 25 percent think it would be a bad thing. Forty percent think it won't make any difference.

Americans were split over which party they trusted most to handle the problems facing the country. Thirty-nine percent trust Democrats more, while 40 percent trust Republicans.

Fifty-five percent think Obama has done more to divide the country than to unite it, with 38 percent calling him a uniter. But that beats Republicans in Congress. Sixty-three percent think they have done more to divide than unite.

The poll did not release numbers on whether Democrats in Congress had done more to divide or unite.

Like a CNN/ORC poll released Monday, the new poll showed that just over half feel Obama has been too cautious in most international issues, including dealing with the Islamic State (ISIS).

They were more evenly divided on dealing with the Russia/Ukraine issue, with 43 percent saying he has been too cautious, and the same number saying his response of sanctions against Russia has been about right.

The survey was conducted between Sept. 4 and 7, and spoke to 1,001 adults on landlines and cell phones. The margin for error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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