WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's job
approval ratings plunged to a new low ahead of his major
economic speech on Thursday, with widespread discontent among
Americans over his handling of the economy and jobs, according
to a spate of polls released on Tuesday.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of 1,000 US 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%.
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
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