President Barack Obama’s approval ratings with the public “are setting off alarm bells for Democrats—and for good reasons,” Republican political strategist Karl Rove wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

The ” most telling data point” was the Washington Post-ABC News poll where 53 percent of Americans said Republicans should run the next Congress to counterbalance the president’s policies, Rove wrote.

Obama’s diminishing job approval numbers and the dissatisfaction opinion surveys reveal about his handling of the economy suggest that voters are unhappy with the president’s party as well, according to the strategist.

The Post-ABC poll showed Obama’s approval rating at a record 41 percent low. A poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News put the president’s approval figure at 44 percent, 3 points above his low in October, Rove wrote.

On key opinion indicators, the president is less popular today than he was in 2010 when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to Rove.