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Poll watch: Trouble for Democrats going into the midterms, discord in Republican Party

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As President Obama's approval rating continues its slow and steady descent into negative territory, the Tea Party battles to win over a majority of GOP voters, according to two polls released this week.

The first poll, which comes from Bloomberg News, shows that Obama's favorability rating has hit a new low, with a mere 44 percent of survey respondents saying they have a positive opinion of the commander in chief.

The latest decline in the president's popularity is due in part to a recent deal that saw the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five top-ranking Taliban officers.

Most Americans disapprove of the prisoner swap, according to several polls, while an overwhelming number of U.S. military veterans are upset about the trade.

And the president's poor marks on the Bergdahl deal come on top of the fact that a majority of Americans already disapprove of his handling of a number of important issues, including the Affordable Care Act -- Obama's signature domestic policy -- and the economy.

“In the past, Obama's likeability has stayed ahead of perceptions of job performance,” J. Ann Selzer, the founder of the group that conducted the poll, told Bloomberg. “It appears he is no longer likeable enough.”

Further, according to the survey, which was conducted from June 6-9, the president's sagging favorability rating is acting as a drag on congressional Democrats “who are struggling to hold on to their majority in the U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, in a separate poll conducted by Rasmussen, the Tea Party's struggle to find a place in the GOP continues.

Twenty-seven percent of all likely Republican voters view the Tea Party movement favorably, according to the Rasmussen poll, which was conducted from June 4-5.

However, a whopping 50 percent of survey respondents view the the Tea Party unfavorably, while 22 percent remain undecided on the conservative group.

The Rasmussen poll comes on the heels of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning defeat at the hands of his Tea Party challenger, Dave Brat. So although it's pretty clear that Tea Party sentiments are alive and kicking, it's also clear that the Republican Party has a long way to go before it can say it stands on a unified platform.

The Bloomberg poll, which is based on a survey 1,005 U.S. adults, contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The Rasmussen poll pulls from 1,000 likely voters and contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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