As Barack Obama enters his second year in office amid an enduring economic downturn, voters are less optimistic about his ability to succeed and no longer favor keeping the Democrats in control of Congress, according to the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The trends point to an increasingly difficult political climate for President Obama as he hopes to push his domestic agenda beyond health care and to preserve his party’s majorities in the House and Senate.

The survey results show that Mr. Obama’s personal popularity remains high across a large swath of the electorate, but they also chronicle a decline in the high support for his agenda that Democrats enjoyed when he was sworn into office a year ago today.

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