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Voters heading to the polls next week are increasingly downbeat about the direction of the country and the economy, are concerned about Ebola and largely oppose President Obama's plans on immigration, the latest IBD/TIPP poll finds.

Obama also continues to get extremely low marks for his handling of the economy, the Islamic State and Ebola, and for his leadership of the country. Those feelings could be a huge drag on Democratic candidates in Tuesday's midterm elections, with Republicans favored to win back control of the Senate.

But Obama's overall approval rating actually climbed this month from a record low, and voters are split on who should control Congress.

The poll found that 64% are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, which is up from 59% in the previous IBD/TIPP poll. Nearly two-thirds (65%) don't like the direction the country is going in terms of morals and ethics.

The public is particularly unhappy with the economy.

Six in ten say that they are not satisfied with current federal economic policies; only 39% say they are. Independents are even more distraught, with 67% saying they're dissatisfied and 32% saying they're happy with current economic policies.

More troubling still is the finding that nearly 5 1/2 years after the recession officially ended — and despite Obama's efforts to talk up recent economic results — fully 43% think we're still in a recession. And that's up from 39% who thought so the month before.

More than half (52%) say that the economy is not improving, and just 20% think things will improve over the next six months.

A vast majority is also worried about an outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. — 70% say that they are concerned, while 27% say they're not. And an equal share supports the ban on flights from Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa that the Obama administration has rejected.

The poll also found that 40% of likely voters say they are less inclined to vote for a candidate who supports Obama, while only 22% are more inclined — nearly a 2-to-1 ratio. Among independents, the ratio is 3-to-1 (37% to 12%).

Many Democrats running for re-election have been shunning Obama or trying to distance themselves from his policies.

Another sign of potential trouble for Democrats is the poll's finding that 61% of likely voters say that ObamaCare is of "high importance" in determining their vote. Among independents — more than half of whom oppose ObamaCare — 57% give it a high importance ranking.

Despite all this, Obama's approval rating ticked up this month from 38% to 41%, and his favorability rating climbed from 39% to 43%. In addition, slightly more see Obama's presidency as a success than last month, though the number is still below 50%.

The changes are in part due to a surge in support from Democrats but also from increased support among independents.

However, Obama continues to get very low marks on his handling of the Islamic State (28% say he's doing a good job); Ebola (33% good); managing the federal budget (29%); creating jobs and economic growth (35%).

Fully 61% oppose an Obama executive action granting amnesty to those in the U.S. illegally.

At the same time, the IBD/TIPP poll found that voters aren't entirely sold on Republicans, either.

When asked which party they'd prefer to have control of Congress, 44% of likely voters said the GOP, while 43% said Democrats. Independents like each party even less — 37% favor Republican control, 35% want Dems in charge.

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