The latestNBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows stability as Chimpy’s job approval rating rises an insignificant 1% to 39%.
The final pre-election NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that Democrats continue to have a significant advantage heading into the midterms that take place exactly one week from Tuesday.
They hold a 15-point lead — tied for the largest ever in the survey — over Republicans in voters’ preference for control of Congress. President George W. Bush’s approval rating remains mired below 40 percent. And more than 60 percent feel less confident that the war in Iraq will come to a successful conclusion, the largest number ever on that question.
According to the poll, 52 percent of registered voters say they prefer Democrats controlling Congress, compared with 37 percent who want Republicans in charge. That 15-point advantage is unchanged from the last NBC/Journal poll released two weeks ago, and ties the largest lead ever on this particular question.
By contrast, 34 percent say the events over the past few weeks have given them a favorable impression of the Democrats gaining majorities in Congress, compared with 25 percent who hold a less favorable impression.
Only 27 percent say they are more confident that the Iraq war will come to a successful conclusion (which is an all-time low), while 61 percent say they are less confident (an all-time high).
In addition, just 37 percent believe that removing Saddam Hussein from power was worth the U.S. casualties and financial cost of the war. That is tied for the lowest mark on this response since the poll began asking the question in November 2003. Fifty-four percent say removing Hussein from power wasn’t worth it.