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President Obama’s job approval rating has hit a record low of just 39 percent in the latest McClatchy-Marist poll. From Marist Poll:

According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, the president’s approval rating is at 39% among registered voters nationally, an all-time low for Mr. Obama.  For the first time a majority — 52% — disapproves of the job he is doing in office, and 9% are unsure. [...]

President Obama’s current approval rating is his lowest since last December when 42% of voters thought his performance fell short.  When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in its August 9th survey, voters divided about how the president was performing in office.  44% of the national electorate approved while 46% disapproved.  10%, at the time, were unsure.

The poor state of the economy remains the great anchor dragging Obama’s numbers down. The poll found that 75 percent of Americans believe the country is currently in a recession and only a third of the voters approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, 61 percent disapprove.

If the economy started to grow Obama’s overall approval numbers would climb, but the problem for Obama is that almost no economic forecasters are expecting significant growth in the near term. The International Monetary Fund is the most recent organization to lower its growth projections for the United States economy. It is now estimating the US economy will grow by only 1.5 percent in 2011 and 1.8 percent in 2012. If the projections prove right, Obama will have a very tough time winning re-election.