President Obama's job approval rating has dropped below the symbolic 50 percent in another poll.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released this afternoon put his approval among Americans at 48 percent, with 50 percent disapproving. That's a huge shift just from mid-November, when his approval rating was at 55 percent in the same poll.
His high came in February just after his inauguration, at 76 percent.
Of those respondents now disapproving of Obama's handling of the presidency, 40 percent said he was too liberal while 8 percent he was not liberal enough.
But on his plan to send 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, 62 percent approve, and 66 percent support his plan to start pulling out US forces by July 2011.
But Americans remain divided on the broader question of the war, and only one-third believe that conditions in Afghanistan will be good enough by the summer of 2011 to actually withdraw. Nearly two-thirds of respondents still blame former President George W. Bush for the US predicament in Afghanistan, while only 17 percent blame Obama.
The new poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday -- after Obama's primetime speech on Tuesday -- has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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