More than half of all Americans disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing in office, according to the most recent Gallup poll. The three-day rolling average for Nov. 4 -- Nov. 6, which included Election Day 2014, showed that 54 percent of Americans disapproved of the job Obama was doing as president, while 41 percent approved.
While the approval rating was not Obama's all-time low -- that happened a few weeks back in October when it hit 57 percent -- many political experts agree that his unpopularity helped Republicans take control of the Senate, widen their hold on the House of Representatives and even win several close governors races on Tuesday.
The rating is among the lowest of any recent president during a midterm election, only slightly higher than President George W. Bush's approvals during the 2006 midterms (38 percent) and President Ronald Reagan during the 1982 midterms (42 percent). Obama's approval rating during the 2010 midterm elections, when Democrats lost the House of Representatives, was at 44 percent, slightly higher than it was this year.
“There’s no doubt that Republicans had a good night,” Obama said after the midterm elections. He vowed to work with Republican leaders in Congress.
“The American people overwhelmingly believe that this town doesn’t work well and that it is not attentive to their needs,” he said. “And, as president, they rightly hold me accountable to do more to make it work properly. I’m the guy who is elected by everybody, not just a particular state or a particular district.”
House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday warned that the president will "poison the well" if he moves forward on policies such as immigration reform without Congress. "When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself. And he's going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path," he said.