American voters unhappy about high unemployment are poised to oust President Barack Obama's Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2 elections, a new Reuters-Ipsos poll found on Wednesday.
The national poll said that Americans, by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent, plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates, an edge that is likely to allow Republicans to pick up dozens of seats in the House and make big gains in the U.S. Senate.
Here are more results from the poll:
REPUBLICANS MORE ENTHUSIASTIC
* Republican voters also are more enthusiastic about the upcoming election. Some 64 percent of Republican respondents said they were certain to vote, compared with 56 percent of Democrats.
* 70 percent of Republicans said they were following news of the elections closely, compared with 65 percent of Democrats.
LOW MARKS FOR OBAMA
* 53 percent said they disapproved of the job Obama was doing as president, the highest figure since he took office in January 2009. Only 43 percent gave him a positive rating, a sharp drop from the 47 percent figure from last month.
* Obama's approval rating fell to 70 percent among Democrats, his lowest mark from members of his own party. Some 83 percent of Republicans disapproved, consistent with findings from earlier polls.
* 63 percent said the country is on the wrong track, also a high mark for that rating during Obama's tenure. Only 31 percent said the country is headed in the right direction.
ECONOMY STILL TOP CONCERN
* 49 percent of those surveyed said the economy was their top concern, consistent with earlier polls.
* 27 percent named other domestic issues like healthcare and government spending, while 8 percent cited foreign issues like the war in Afghanistan
* 97 percent said Congress should focus on job creation next year. Some 91 percent said Congress also should focus on the budget deficit and healthcare. Taxes, energy, the environment and Afghanistan also were top concerns.
* 35 percent said a drop in the unemployment rate would be the best indicator that the economy is improving, while 9 percent said large stock-market gains would be the best sign.
Ipsos Public Affairs contacted 1,038 U.S. adults between October 7 and October 11. The margin of error is 3 percentage points for all respondents, 3.7 percentage points among likely voters.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Bill Trott)