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Obama approval rating a weak 46 percent

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

Driven by voters 35 and older who don't think the president is doing a good job, a new Reuters Ipsos poll has President Obama's approval rating at just 46 percent. Most of the rest, 48 percent, disapprove of his efforts.

The latest from Reuters Ipsos:

This week, President Obama's approval rating is at 46%, compared to 48% who disapprove with the way he is handling his job as president.

» Men's approval rating is higher than women's (48% vs. 44%).

» Well over half (58%) of young people age 18-24 approve of the way Obama is doing his job, compared to about two in five middle aged (39% of 35-44s) and older (43% of 55+) Americans who approve.

When asked which political party has a better plan, policy, or approach to different issues, the Democrats currently lead the Republicans on all issues (except Israel, where they are tied at 23%; 32% say they "don't know" on this issue).

» The Republicans come closest to the Democrats on Israel (both at 23%), the deficit (24% vs. 26%), and the war on terror (24% vs. 27%).

» The Democrats have leads of 20 points or more on gay marriage (41% vs. 12%), women's rights (40% vs. 14%), and the environment (36% vs. 21%).