Obama Disapproval Tops 50 Percent

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Town Hall meeting at the University of Maryland July 22, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. Obama answered questions about the deficit reduction, the debt ceiling issue and the economy.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows President Obama’s disapproval rating topping 50 percent for the first time in his presidency, with 44 percent of respondents approving of his job and 51 percent disapproving. A separate Washington Post–ABC News poll also shows more than half of respondents disapproving of Obama’s job as president. The WSJ/NBC poll shows a generic Republican candidate leading Obama for the first time. "Obama is no longer the favorite to win reelection," said Peter D. Hart, the Democratic pollster who conducted the survey. President Obama will hope to begin turning things around when he lays out his new jobs plan before Congress Thursday.