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Poll: Negative views of Obama outweigh positive ones before State of Union

– President Barack Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday night with approval ratings lower than for any of his previous State of the Union addresses and with Americans broadly pessimistic that he or lawmakers of either party will make good decisions for the future of the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Obama’s approval stands at 46 percent, up from a low of 42 percent in November when the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act took his ratings to the lowest point of his presidency.

Still, more Americans rate his performance negatively than positively, with 50 percent outright disapproving.

A year ago, Obama’s approval rating was 55 percent.

Now, just 37 percent say they have either a good amount or a great deal of confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the country’s future, while 63 percent say they do not.

Confidence in Congress is even lower than for Obama.

Twenty-seven percent say they have confidence in Democrats to make the right decisions for the country as opposed to 72 percent who do not; 19 percent have confidence in Republicans, while 80 percent do not.

Almost half lack confidence in all three.

The Post-ABC poll was conducted Jan. 20 to 23 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults.

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