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President Obama's New York Approval Rating Plummets: Quinnipiac Poll

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President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in New York en route to Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) | AP

For the first time during his presidency, President Barack Obama has received a negative score from the voters of New York.

New York State voters disapprove 49 - 45 percent of the job President Obama is doing, a huge drop from his 57 - 38 percent approval June 29, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The poll was conducted from August 3-8, directly after tense, drawn-out debt legislation negotiations came to a close.

"The debt ceiling hullaballoo devastated President Barack Obama's numbers even in true blue New York," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "He just misses that magic 50 percent mark against a no-name Republican challenger."

Voters split 48 - 46 percent on whether President Obama deserves reelection and say 49 - 34 percent they would vote for him over an unnamed Republican.

Obama's numbers nationwide have dipped as well, with the most recent weekly Gallup poll average finding him with a 42 percent approval rating,

Obama won New York's 31 electoral votes in the 2008 election with about 63 percent of the vote.

In his 2008 White House run, according to Center For Responsive Politics, $1 out of every $20 Obama raised came from New York state, where he took in $42 million, and New York City was his biggest cash center.

The President was in New York City yesterday, where he attended two fundraising events.

First was a reception with about 15 people at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Battery Park that was thrown by Gary Hirshberg, chief executive of organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm.

He then went to the West Village home of Harvey Weinstein, where the movie mogul and Vogue editor Anna Wintour hosted a slew of celebrities paying $35,800 a head.

The New York Post estimates that after everything was said and done, the President raised about $2 million for his 2012 re-election campaign Thursday night.