03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Poll Numbers Dip Below 50 Percent: What It Means

President Obama returned from his trip to Asia facing some unsettling news: two new polls showed that his approval rating had dipped below 50 percent for the first time.

To many of his critics, who had chafed as he enjoyed broad support among Americans even as many were critical of his handling of specific issues like the economy, this erosion is a tipping point, the end of Mr. Obama's perceived near-invulnerability.

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