No longer the one? Obama’s dark days

US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama’s job-approval ratings plunged to a new low ahead of his major economic speech tomorrow, with widespread discontent among Americans over his handling of the economy and jobs, according to a spate of polls released yesterday.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,000 U.S. adults showed Obama’s overall job approval rating at a low of 44 percent, down 3 percentage points since July, while his handling of the economy stands at 37 percent.

A Democratic pollster who helped conduct the survey said the poor results, which contain a 3.1 percentage-point margin of error, suggest Obama is no longer favored to win re-election in 2012.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll of U.S. adults showed that six in 10 Americans rate the president’s job on the economy and jobs negatively, while one in three say they are now worse off financially since Obama entered the White House. It has a 3.5 percentage point margin of error.

A third poll of 1,000 likely voters by Washington-based Politico and George Washington University found that 72 percent of voters believe the country is either strongly or somewhat headed in the wrong direction, a jump of 12 percent since last May. 


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