Obama and GOP Have Something in Common: Dismal Poll Numbers

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the launch of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces and the first federal government shutdown in 17 years in the Rose Garden of the White House October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to volley legislation back and forth as they battle over a budget to keep the government running and delaying or defunding "Obamacare."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2013 Getty Images

Two weeks after the shutdown led to historic lows for the Republican Party, President Obama is joining them. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has President Obama's job approval lower than ever, falling to 42 percent from 47 percent in early October and 53 percent at the end of 2012. Plus, for the first time since he's been on the national stage, more people view Obama negatively than positively. The Journal reports, "In all, the poll of 800 Americans captured an extraordinarily deep and widespread public distaste for the two political parties, those parties' leaders and the state of politics in the nation's capital." Maybe Britain will take us back if we ask nicely.