For the first time in our monthly national surveys Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped into negative territory. 46% of voters in the country approve of the job he's doing while 47% disapprove.
Obama's approval peaked in our polling last May at 55%. Since then his largest declines in popularity have come with whites (from 48% to 36%), independents (from 55% to 43%), and conservatives (24 to 14%). He's also seen a decent drop with moderates from 69 to 61%. With his core groups of support- Democrats, liberals, and racial minorities- he's seen only minimal change in his standing.
Obama's health care plan continues to be unpopular with 49% of voters opposing it to 40% in favor.
49% of voters say that Obama has not met their expectations as President to 41% who feel he has. Most people who voted for him- 71%- say that he's lived up to what they hoped for. In an odd finding just 14% of McCain voters say so- but they must not have expected much or they wouldn't have voted against him in the first place.
Full results here