Obama readies jobs speech amid dismal ratings

As President Obama gears up to deliver a major jobs speech before Congress on Thursday, a handful of new polls give the president some of his most dismal approval ratings to date – adding renewed pressure for the White House to drive home a message on jobs and the economy that resonates with the American people.

According to two new surveys by ABC News/Washington Post and NBC/Wall Street Journal, Mr. Obama’s approval ratings are at a record low in his presidency, at just 43 percent and 44 percent respectively. And a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday night found that just 45 percent of voters approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president.

Moreover, the president has scored particularly low marks across the board when it comes to his leadership on economic issues: 62 percent of those surveyed in the ABC/Washington Post poll said they disapproved of how Mr. Obama was handling the economy; 59 percent of those surveyed in the Politico/GWU battleground poll said the same, and according to the NBC/WSJ poll, approval of his economic stewardship is at a low of 37 percent.

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