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OBAMA HITS NEW LOW IN POLL – AT 8:08 A.M. ET:  From National Journal's Hotline: 

Independent voters see Pres. Obama in a negative light by a nearly 2-1 margin, according to a new Marist College survey, while almost half of voters say he has failed to meet their expectations.

The poll, conducted Feb. 1-3, showed just 44% of registered voters approving of Obama's job as president. 47% disapprove. But among indie voters, Obama's approval rating sits at a terrible 29%, while his disapproval rating is at 57%.

Obama's 44% job approval rating is the lowest he has scored in any non-internet poll since moving into the WH, according to a review of data compiled by Pollster.com.

And while GOPers strive to avoid attacking Obama personally, for fear of offending voters who see him in a favorable light personally, even that aura of invincibility is wearing off. Independent voters view Obama negatively, too, by a 39% favorable to 52% unfavorable margin. All registered voters still see Obama favorably by a 50%-44% margin, but that's down 5 points in just 2 months.

Voters are disappointed in what they got with Obama's first year. The poll shows 47% believe Obama has failed to meet their expectations -- including a quarter of Dems, 65% of GOPers and 53% of indie voters -- while just 42% say he has met their expectations. 38% say Obama's policies are moving the country in the wrong direction, while 37% say they're making the country better.

COMMENT:  Appalling, utterly appalling, I write with undisguised delight.  And the poll was taken among registered voters.  Polls among likely voters generally show an even worse result for the godlike president. 

There seems no real evidence that the administration has learned serious lessons from its political fall.  And now it must confront the growing crisis with Iran.  As we've asked before, will Obama be Kennedy or Carter, the Kennedy who learned from his first year, or the Carter who thought he was perfection itself? 

Midterm election in nine months.

February 9, 2010