According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday night, President Barack Obama's job approval rating has sunk to a record low.
In the survey (PDF) of 800 adults conducted by phone Oct. 25-28, only 42 percent of Americans, a record low, approved of the president's job performance, compared to 47 percent in the last poll conducted in early October.
His disapproval rating now stands at 51 percent, also a record high.
The dismal figures come in the midst of troubles for the administration over the NSA spying scandals and problems with the rollout of the Obamacare website.
According to the pollsters, no single factor explains Obama‘s poor ratings. Rather, the figures are the cumulative effect of troubles plaguing the administration, ranging from the shutdown crisis to the NSA spying scandals, Syria and finally, the failures encountered in the rollout of the Obamacare federal website since Oct. 1, which have refocused critical attention on the entire health care law.
Presently, only 37 percent of Americans think that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a good idea. Forty-seven percent view it as a bad idea, compared to 43 percent in early October.
Obama's favorability rating has also dropped. Forty-one percent of respondents said they view Obama favorably, while 45 percent said their opinion of him was unfavorable.
Forty-one percent said they have a less favorable impression of Obama since the government shutdown, while only 21 percent said they have a more favorable opinion of him since the shutdown.
Similarly, 41 percent were less confident of the health care law due to events in the last weeks, while 50 percent said recent events have not influenced their perception of the law.
The pollsters said most of the decline in Obama's job approval came after the government shutdown, suggesting that recent spy scandals and problems plaguing implementation of the new health care law were the major factors influencing the low ratings.
Congress did not do better than the president in the latest poll (PDF). Voters were generally angry with Congress.
Sixty-three percent want to fire their member of Congress, the highest since 1992 for the NBC/WSJ poll question.
GOP favorability was hardest hit with only 22 percent of respondents admitting a positive impression of the party, compared to 53 percent who viewed the GOP unfavorably.
Forty-five percent said they have a less favorable impression of tea party Republicans since after the shutdown while 12 percent said they have a more favorable opinion.
Twenty-two percent of respondents said they think the country was headed in the right direction, an 8-point improvement since early October, but still significantly below the pre-shutdown levels.
Nearly 75 percent of respondents said that rather than Congress solving the country's problem it was contributing to it.
More Americans continue blaming congressional Republicans for the shutdown than Obama by a significant margin of 15 points.
Politico notes that congressional members are taking a keen interest in the recent polls in anticipation of the 2014 elections.
Probably most significant as far as the elections are concerned is that 45 percent of respondents said they would like to see a Democrat-controlled Congress emerge from the 2014 elections.
Forty-one percent said they would rather have a Republican-led Congress.
Fourteen percent were undecided.
Republicans will be looking to sway the 14 percent in their favor.