In what will certainly not be viewed as a sign of "hope" by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, nearly half of New York State voters disapprove of the job he's doing.
Considering that New York is the most Democratic large state in the nation, this revelation is certainly disconcerting for a president who is actively eyeing a second election win next year.
According to a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac, 49 percent of New Yorkers view his job performance negatively, with just 45 percent saying that they approve of the work he has done thus. The results also show that 48 percent of New Yorkers believe Obama deserves a second term, with 46 percent saying that he does not.
Although National Journal sums up just how compelling these numbers are, the outlet also highlights one of the positives seen in the results for the Democratic Party:
This in a state that Obama won with 63 percent of the vote three years ago. Still, he has managed to hold onto a lead over a generic Republican, with 49 percent saying they would vote for him to 34 percent for the GOP candidate.
Among Democrats, 75 percent still approve of his performance, with only 19 percent disapproving. On the flip side, a mere 10 percent of Republicans approve, with a whopping 86 percent disapproving. These proportions are, contrary to the others, to be expected.
Quinnipiac Poll Director Maurice Carroll says that the drop in overall support is a direct result of this summer's contentions debt-ceiling debate. At the end of June, Obama had an approval rating of 57 percent, with only 38 percent disapproving.
Clearly, New Yorkers have soured -- at least for the time being.