Obama and Perry (Jack Plunkett/AP)President Obama's approval rating hit another new low, and Rick Perry has surged to the lead in the 2012 Republican presidential race, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.
After what could be considered the worst summer of his presidency politically, Obama's approval rating is at a new low of just 44 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll. Just 37 percent approve of his handling of the economy--a six-point drop since July. The poll's margin of error is 3 percent.
But those numbers pale in comparison to the dismal numbers Americans give Congress. According to the poll, 82 percent disapprove of the job Congress is doing--the highest number ever recorded in the poll. In what could be a hint of a major shift in political fortunes for sitting lawmakers, 47 percent of those polled say they'd like to give a "new person" a chance in the upcoming election, compared to 42 percent who would like to stick with their current representative.Read More »from Obama drops, Perry surges in new poll