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POLL: Obama Approval Ratings Plummet Ahead Of Jobs Speech

Obama worried

Voter approval of President Barack Obama has sunk to the lowest point of his presidency, with 51% of Americans disapproving of his job performance, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll released this morning.

As Obama prepares to deliver his new jobs proposal to Congress this week, he faces widening voter pessimism and doubts over his ability to deal with the economy. Only 37% of voters surveyed approve of his handling of the economy, and 70% believe the economy has not yet hit rock bottom. About 73% said they think the country is heading in the wrong direction.

The survey's most foreboding finding is that 54% of Americans think Obama faces long-term setbacks from which he is unlikely to recover — the same rating President George W. Bush received in the months after Hurricane Katrina.

The sort-of silver lining for Obama is that he still beats 2012 Republican frontrunners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in head-to-head matchups — he leads Perry by five points, 47% to 42%, and Romney by one point, 46% to 45%.

But 44% say they'd probably vote for a generic Republican candidate over 40% who say they'd probably vote for Obama.

Perry takes the lead among 2012 GOP presidential contenders in the new WSJ/NBC poll, confirming other recent national polls that show the Texan as the clear frontrunner. The survey found Perry has 38% support among likely Republican voters, with Romney in second with 23% support.

Ron Paul came in third with 9%, while Michele Bachmann sunk to just 8% support, down from 16% in the previous poll.

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