A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Americans want the next Congress to be controlled by Democrats by a margin of nearly 10 points (47%-38% with 15% undecided). Last week's ABC News/Washington Post poll showed a more than fifteen point margin (54% to 38%).
The NBC/WSJ poll also indicates that most Americans are not satisfied with the direction in which the country is moving. While 31% said the US is moving in the "right direction," 57% said we are on the "wrong track." A Time magazine poll from last week was even worse--63% of respondents said the United States is on the "wrong track."
As he heads into tonight's State of the Union address, President George W. Bush's job approval rating stands at an anemic 39%, according to NBC/WSJ. 54% disapprove of the job he is doing as President.
60% of Americans are unhappy with the President's handling of the war in Iraq, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Only 39% think he's handling the war well. In the same poll, respondents said they trusted Democrats more than Republicans to do a better job handling the war by a margin of 47% to 40%.