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Poll: Obama's Approval Rating Hasn't Been This Bad Since The First Debate With Romney

Public Policy Polling's latest national survey shows no one's doing well in Washington these days.

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WASHINGTON — President Obama's approval rating has fallen to its lowest level since the shellacking he received from Mitt Romney on a Colorado debate stage last year, according to a new poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.

PPP found that just 44% of registered voters approve of the job Obama is doing. Fifty-three percent disapprove. The survey of 800 registered voters was conducted over the weekend.

The new PPP numbers, set to be publicly released by the pollster tomorrow, are another in a string of bad polling for the president this week. A McClatchy-Marist poll released Tuesday found Obama's approval rating had fallen to 41%, it's lowest in that survey since Sept. 2011. Other national and state polls have also shown Obama's approval rating on the decline.

PPP pollster Tom Jensen notes that his firm's poll shows bad approval ratings across Washington. Congressional Republicans have a 22% job approval rating — a whopping 70% disapprove of the job they're doing — and Congressional Democrats have a 35% job approval rating, with 58% saying they disapprove of the job Democrats in Congress are doing.

To Jensen, the numbers reflect a growing anger among voters at the state of things in Washington.

"What's interesting is that Obama, Congressional Democrats, and Congressional Republicans' numbers are ALL down a decent amount from a month ago. Obama might be losing but no one is really winning either," he told BuzzFeed. "I think that's a reflection of voters being disgusted about the lack of action on anything in Washington — guns, immigration, etc. And rather than picking one party to blame they're just blaming everyone. It's the product of a very angry electorate that feels like no one in DC is doing their job."

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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.

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