New CNN polling has Obama's approval rating at 46% vs 52% disapproval. This ranks higher than only Carter and Ford for a first term President in recent elections: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.co...-ranks-low-among-recent-incumbents/?hpt=hp_t1 "The poll indicates that the standard partisan divide over the president remains, with three-quarters of Democrats giving Obama a thumbs up but only 15% of Republicans approving of the job he's doing in office. By a 54%-42% margin, independent voters disapprove of how the president's handling his duties. Women are divided on how Obama's performing, but men disapprove by a 55%-43% margin. White Americans give Obama a thumbs down by a 61%-36% margin, with non-white Americans give the president a thumbs up by a more than 2-1 margin."