9 Sep 2014, 5:20 AM PDT
On this question, Obama polls worse than President Bush did at this point in his second term. While the same number, 55%, saw Bush as a divider, 43% saw him as a uniter.
On the issue of immigration, voters are moving against amnesty. Last year 51% supported amnesty compared to 43% who opposed. Today that number has flipped with 50% in opposition and only 46% in favor. Twenty-seven percent of voters are more likely to vote for a candidate in favor of amnesty, 36% are less likely.
On the question of Obama’s handling of immigration, only 31% approve, while a whopping 59% disapprove.
Obama’s job approval has sunk in this particular poll to 42% approve, 51% disapprove. Three months ago, the president sat at 46-51%. On his handling of specific issues — the economy, foreign policy, implementation of ObamaCare — the president is underwater on all three by large margins: 42-54%, 38-56%, and 38-56%, respectively. Only 43% see him as a strong leader, while a whopping 55% disagree.
On the all-important generic ballot pertaining to the midterm elections that are less than 60 days away, registered voters prefer Democrats 46-44%. Context is important here. Democrats almost always enjoy an advantage on this poll. In the last poll taken before the Republican midterm sweep of 2010, Democrats enjoyed an even better advantage of 49-44%. On this particular poll, the GOP is actually in better shape today than they were before that historic wave.
When asked to choose which party would do a better job of handling the country’s problems over the next few years, for this first time in almost a decade, the GOP outpolled Democrats, 40-39%.
Voters now favor the GOP to handle immigration by 39-43% . Just five months ago, Democrats were ahead on immigration by a margin of 40-34%. That’s a 10-point flip in just a few months.