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Anchors away! Obama is a drag on Democrats

President Barack Obama is slowing down Democrats nationwide as the mid-term campaign season kicks off, a new poll for McClatchy shows.

In fact, it’s ugly:

Just 40 percent of voters approve of the job he’s doing. That ties his lowest mark of the last three years. It’s also the lowest total of his presidency.

Only 39 percent of voters approve of his handling of the economy.

Just 33 percent approve of his dealing with foreign policy.

By 42-32 percent, voters say their opinions of the president make them more likely to vote for a Republican this fall.

For the first time this year, more voters are saying they will vote for a Republican than a Democrat for Congress.

“The Democrats are sputtering,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the national survey.