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President Barack Obama listens during his bilateral meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai,  not shown,  Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama listens during his bilateral meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, not shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  

Poll shows Obama approval rating at new low

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Will Rahn
Senior Editor

After months of bad economic news and political missteps, a new Marist poll shows President Obama’s support has dropped to an all-time low.

According to the survey, only 39 percent of registered voters nationwide now approve of the president’s performance. A majority of voters, 52 percent, now disapprove, while 9 percent say they are unsure. (ASK MATT LABASH: Is Obama the Antichrist?)

Fewer than 1-in-3 independents (32 percent) said they approve of President Obama’s performance. Fifty-seven percent of independents now disapprove, an astonishing 11-point drop from just one month ago.

Even Prevented Obama’s much-vaunted personal popularity seems to be on the wane. Forty-eight percent now view the president favorably, versus 41 percent who view him unfavorably. Last month, 52 percent viewed the president favorably, while 41 percent did not.

“President Obama needs to reboot his presidency,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement that accompanied the poll. “Although numbers like these typically spell doom for an incumbent’s re-election prospects, the Republicans in Congress and eventually his GOP opponent could still provide Obama with running room.”

According to a Marist survey conducted last month, President Obama’s approval rating was evenly divided, with 44 percent saying they approved and 46 percent saying they did not.

The poll, conducted September 13 – 14, has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.