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Amid campaign-style events, Obama's approval slips

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President Obama on Monday hosted a White House-sponsored event aimed at addressing the needs and hardships of working families.

But despite this and other recent attempts to reach out to middle class Americans, the president's approval rating continues its steady downward spiral, according to a new Gallup poll.

The Gallup survey, which polled 1,500 Americans, shows that approval for the president's handling of the Oval Office has declined to just 40 percent, down from 41 percent just last week.

Survey results are based on a three-day rolling average. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The president, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama each took turns addressing middle class families during the White House event.

“Many women can't even get a paid day off to give birth,” Obama said at Monday's White House Summit on Working Families. “That's a pretty low bar. You would think that we would be able to take care of [that].”

He continued, taking aim at concerns over long hours and minimum wage rates.

“You’re not alone,” Obama said. The problems “cannot just be fixed by working harder or being an even better parent. ... All too often they are the result of outdated policies and old ways of thinking.”

Calling on Congress to address paid maternity leave, the president quipped: “If France can figure this out, we can figure it out.”

Monday's working families summit, which definitely had a campaign rally feel, comes on the heels of several recent events wherein the president has sought to reach out to groups that have traditionally backed his administration.

The president, for example, spoke last week at a gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Leadership Council in New York City, addressing a recent executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

"The majority of Fortune 500 companies, small businesses already have nondiscrimination policies that protect their employees -- not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it helps them attract and retain the best talent," Obama said.

"We don't benefit as a country or an economy — businesses don't benefit — if they're leaving talent off the field. ... In the United States of America, who you are and who you love shouldn't be a fireable offense."

Nevertheless, despite the president's recent efforts to boost his standing with traditionally friendly groups and working families, his approval rating suffers, likely weighed down by widespread disapproval of his handling of the Iraq crisis, the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who may have deserted his unit in 2009, and the burgeoning scandal involving alleged widespread corruption at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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