President Barack Obama leads his Republican challenger,, according to a new poll that also saw Congress’ approval rating match its all-time low.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Obama ahead of Romney 48 percent to 44 percent, about the same as his lead was a month ago. Voters also place the president’s party higher in likability, with 42 percent viewing Democrats positively, while 40 percent rate them negatively. On the other hand, 36 percent of voters said that they view the GOP positively, while 45 percent had a negative view.
The news comes only two weeks after Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, picked House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Nonetheless, it remains unclear what effect this sentiment will have this election season.
Only 12 percent approve of the lawmakers in Capitol Hill, while 82 percent disapprove. The only other time Congress’ rating dropped so low was in 2011, after the debt ceiling fight.
The poll was conducted before two embarrassing incidents involving House Republicans. Todd Akin, the GOP nominee in the Missouri Senate race, raised a controversy on Aug. 19 when he said that he’s opposed to abortions even in the case of rape because he believed that "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut [the pregnancy] down."
Then Politico reported that last year House Republicans took a dip in the Sea of Galilee while drunk, and that one member, Rep. Kevin Yoder, was nude.
Also on Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service said it believes that the proposed budget cuts by the congress pose a greater risk to Americans than the president’s health care law.
"States that opt into the expansion of Medicaid under the new law will have greater exposure to the potential risks that will come with efforts to trim federal spending," said Moody's Senior Vice President Kenneth Kurtz in a statement, according to Reuters. "The extent of any effects on ratings will depend on how states respond to underlying cost drivers, including any new federal actions.
"Rising health care costs and an aging population will continue to increase Medicaid's costs and challenge states' finances, regardless of how federal health care reform is ultimately implemented," said Kurtz.
Nonetheless, states are concerned that the health care costs will eat up their budgets.