Barack Obama is not on the ballot today, but he's affecting election outcomes across the country and appears to be hurting Democrats nationally,according to preliminary exit poll data.
Thirty-seven percent say their vote was against President Obama, 24 percent say it was in favor of Obama, and 37 percent say the 44th president was not a factor in their vote.
And a slim majority say Obama's policies will hurt the country, compared with 44 percent who say they will help the country.
Overall, 44 percent approve of his job performance, while 51 percent disapprove. Among the states where the Washington Post is reviewing exit poll data, public opinion on the president tilts negative. His reviews are dismal in Kentucky and West Virginia, where more than six in 10 disapprove of his job performance. In these two states, at least four in 10 said their vote for Congress was cast against the current president. In Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, slim majorities disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president. The one exception is California, where 54 percent approve of his performance, 43 percent disapprove.
Obama clearly divides the electorate, and his reviews are about as negative Bush's in 2006. Four years ago, 36 percent of voters said their vote was against the 43rd president, while only 22 percent said they cast their ballot in favor of George W. Bush. Then, four in 10 said Bush was not a factor in their vote for Congress.