A Democratic lawmaker told the New York Times that Obama is becoming “poisonous” to Democratic candidates who are facing an uphill battle in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. “The state of Democrats is very much tied to the state of the president, and in that regard, these are far from the best of times,” Democratic pollster Geoff Garin told the NYT.
What’s driving Democratic fears are Obama’s low approval ratings and the unpopularity of Obamacare among American’s. The latest Gallup poll finds that Obama’s approval rating now stands at just 39%. The same poll shows that 55% of Americans now disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president. And according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, just 38% of Americans support Obamacare.
Many Democrats have already begun running ads bashing Obamacare and distancing themselves from Obama in light of the fact they were staunch supporters. Still, Democrats appear divided on how to handle the Obamacare debacle heading into the midterm elections. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said as recently as last Thursday that Democrats should embrace and be proud of the president’s unpopular health care overhaul.
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