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President Obama visits Wisconsin as poll shows approval rating dropping

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - President Obama will visit Wisconsin this week, amid a drop in his approval rating among the state's voters.

The year's first Marquette Law School poll released Monday shows that the Democratic president has a job approval rating of 44 percent -- down from 49 percent in October.

Fifty-percent of the 802 voters surveyed disapproved of Obama's performance, up from 46 percent in October with an error margin of 3.5 percent either way.

The president will deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, and will then make his traditional tour of the country to hammer home the highlights.

Obama will arrive in Milwaukee Wednesday night, sleep there, and then tour the General Electric gas engine plant in Waukesha on Thursday. He'll discuss the economy -- and the event is closed to the public.

Obama's post State of the Union tour also includes stops in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The Marquette poll also showed that Wisconsinites have a less favorable view of health care reform now that more of Obamacare is being rolled out. 35 percent of the voters surveyed said they had a favorable view of health reform, down from 49 percent in October.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)