Raleigh, N.C. – In PPP’s first national poll of 2014, President Obama’s approval rating has increased slightly from his record low last month. It’s far from a cause of celebration in the White House, though, as 41% of voters now approve of the job he’s doing, as opposed to 53% who disapprove. Obama’s signature policy achievement, the Affordable Care Act, has seen similarly seen a tepid improvement, with 38% approving and 52% disapproving.
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Republicans have topped Democrats in the generic Congressional ballot for the first time this election cycle (42/40). Yet Congressional Republicans continue to be wildly unpopular; 20% of voters approve of the job they’re doing and 68% disapprove. Congressional Democrats fare somewhat better (32/59). On the whole, Congress’ approval ratings have dipped even lower, now down to just 6%. Voters’ approval ratings of their own Members of Congress is better in comparison (37/47), but has dropped markedly in the past month (41/44 in December).