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One day ahead of SOTU, poll finds president's approval ratings suffering

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President Barack Obama's poll numbers are near the lowest of his presidency, as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

According to a CNN "poll of polls," compiled on Monday, Obama's approval rating stands at 44 percent.   Fifty-one percent of Americans gave a thumbs down to his job performance.

The "poll of polls" averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys.  The ratings are marginally better than two months ago, when they ran at or near all-time lows for Obama.  But, it's still far below where it stood a year ago, at his second inaugural, when his approval rating stood in the low to mid 50's in most polling.

The president's numbers tumbled after a summer of controversy over the NSA intelligence leaks and congressional investigations into IRS targeting of conservative political groups.  Then came October, and the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic policy achievement.

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