Obama's Approval Rating Hits A New Low: POLL
President Obama's approval rating continues to slump, according to a new Marist University poll out on Monday.
The poll showed that 44 percent of registered voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 47 percent disapprove.
According to the polling Web site, Pollster.com, that is the president's worst showing since he took office last year.
The Hill notes that "the most noted shift may be among independents, of whom 57 percent said they disapprove of Obama's job performance and 29 percent say they approve. Those numbers are virtually the inverse of independents' view of the president in Marist's April 8, 2009 poll, which found independents approving of Obama, 53-28."
"If attracting Independents and bipartisanship are the aim, then the president clearly has a lot of ground to cover in year two," Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement.
Hotline's On Call blog has more details from the Marist poll:
Voters are disappointed in what they got with Obama's first year. The poll shows 47% believe Obama has failed to meet their expectations -- including a quarter of Dems, 65% of GOPers and 53% of indie voters -- while just 42% say he has met their expectations. 38% say Obama's policies are moving the country in the wrong direction, while 37% say they're making the country better.
Meanwhile, members of Congress should brace for a difficult election year. 42% of registered voters said they would back their current member of Congress, while 44% said they would support someone else -- a drop of 9 points in support of the incumbent in just 2 months.
The poll of 910 registered voters was conducted Feb. 1-3 and has a 3.2 percent margin of error.