The new polls published today are a case of good news-bad news for President Obama.
In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, his job approval rating dropped to 53 percent -- which the pollsters note is precisely the percentage of the popular vote he won in November. That drop is largely because the thrill is gone for Obama among independents and Republicans -- his approval among those groups is 49 percent and 16 percent, respectively, which is close to what exit polls suggested he received in the election.
But Obama's favorable-unfavorable split -- 55 percent to 34 percent -- is still head and shoulders above most other national politicians.
In the NBC/Journal poll, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton does about as well as the president at 53 percent-31 percent. Vice President Joe Biden is barely breaking even at 38 percent-36 percent, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is underwater at 25 percent-44 percent.
Among possible Republican opponents in 2012, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is at 28 percent favorable-20 percent unfavorable, much better than former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at 32 percent-43 percent.
But 50 percent of all respondents and 33 percent of Republicans said they didn't want Romney to become president and 67 percent of Americans and 43 percent of Republicans said they didn't want Palin in the Oval Office.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey, along with a New York Times/CBS News poll, also were the latest to show eroding support for Obama's healthcare overhaul plan as more details emerge and as critics assail it.
In the NBC survey, 42 percent opposed the plan, up 10 percentage points from last month, while only 36 percent support it.
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