New Lows

Rasmussen has shown President Obama's approval ratings in the forties for many weeks, but today the pollster tallied a new low for the first year leader.
Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. That’s the lowest level yet measured for this president. Previously, his overall approval rating had fallen to 45% twice, once in early September and once in late November.
Fifty-five percent (55%) now disapprove.
Support for health care reform continues to drop - some polls show it edging toward just 34% of Americans in favor - but Rasmussens numbers are a tad better for Obama.
As the health care plan struggles in the Senate, public opposition remains stable. Fifty-six percent (56% ) oppose the plan working its way through Congress while just 40% favor it. In Nevada, the health care bill is causing problems for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bid for re-election.
The fall in support for the President is important - it makes it easier for members of Congress concerned about their own reelection chances to separate themselves from the agenda of the White House. If the Senate doesn't pass health reform by the end of the year, it likely won't pass, so expect them to pull out all the stops.