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President Barack Obama’s approval numbers have dropped down to 50% over all with a serious loss of support among independents according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. The Washington Post also claims the poll details the disillusionment voters feel toward both sides.

The afterglow of President Obama’s reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

In December, just after he won a second term, Obama held an 18-percentage-point advantage over congressional Republicans on the question of whom the public trusted more to deal with the economy. Now, it’s a far more even split — 44 percent to 40 percent, with a slight edge for the president — but the share of those saying they have confidence in “neither” has ticked up into double digits.

A new McClatchy-Marist poll is even worse for Obama with only 45% approving of his job and 48% disapproving.

If President Barack Obama had piled up political capital with his impressive re-election, it’s largely gone…

The national survey, conducted four months after Obama was re-elected with 51 percent of the popular vote, found 45 percent of voters approving of the way he’s handling his job and 48 percent disapproving.

That was down from a 50 percent approval rating in November and December, and the lowest since November 2011. It also was the first time that more people disapproved of his work than approved since November 2011, when his rating was 43-50.

Obama’s personal popularity also has declined, with 48 percent of voters having favorable impressions of him and 48 percent having unfavorable impressions. That was down from 53-44 in December. It also was the lowest since November 2011, when it was 47-49…

Just 34 percent of voters think the country’s heading in the right direction, while 62 percent think it’s headed the wrong way. That’s also the worst since November 2011.

All this as President Obama is pushing behind the scenes for a “Grand Bargain” based on cutting Social Security and Medicare, two of America’s most popular programs. Which may be his last “achievement” as President, cutting benefits for seniors and shredding the safety net. Though the poll also indicates the cult of personality surrounding Obama is in decline as time pushes him into the lame duck stage of his presidency and sooner than later out of office.