Leaders get low marks in poll

Tracie Potts, NBC News.      

The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans aren't thrilled with the President or Congress.   

"The fact of the matter is, I don't think there is anyone, a man or a woman in Congress right now or in the administration, with real courage to stand up and insist and demand on a change for this country," said Republican Strategist Karen Hanretty.   

After failed promises to bring troops home from Iraq, the Democratic-controlled Congress has a 23 percent approval rating. That's lower than the President's.   

"I think when we see movement on Iraq, that's when we'll see the polls change," said Nico Pitney, Center for American Progress.   

 The war continues to drag down President Bush's approval rating.    It's 29 percent, his lowest ever in this poll.    More importantly, Republicans are abandoning him; since April, their support is down six points.   

Furthermore, a recent GOP fundraiser raised just over half of what it did last year.   

But the President told congressional candidates they can win.  "You can win elections based upon strong national defense and good economic policy. And that's precisely what we're going to bring to the voters in 2008," said President George Bush.

There's just over a year left to convince a dissatisfied public.