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President Obama has hit another low in another poll, but so have many of his critics in Congress.

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives the president an approval rating of 40%, a record low; Congress has a rating of only 14%, also a low.

NBC News reports that six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80% are down on the country's political system.

The pollsters attribute the wide discontent to the lingering effects of the Great Recession, as well as a loss of faith in the country's politicians, NBC says.

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