Quinnipiac is out with a new poll that shows President Obama's job approval is under 50% for the first time, at 48%.
Obama is still on the positive side, with just 42% thinking he is doing a poor job. But it is not good news for a President trying to push through a tough set of initiatives, with health care and revamping the Afghanistan war at the forefront.
"Although President Obama's job approval rating is below 50% for the first time nationally, it is not statistically different from his 50% approval rating in October. Nevertheless, in politics symbols matter and this is not a good symbol for the White House," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.