A year into office, one in two Americans approve of Obama's job performance

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Washington, Jan. 15 (ANI): Nearly a year after Barack Obama was sworn in as the US President, fifty percent of Americans approve of his job performance, while 42 percent disapprove it, according to a new Fox News poll.

Obama's job rating remains steady, as 50 percent approved and 44 percent disapproved it in December.

But a poll conducted immediately after Obama took office last year showed that 65 percent of Americans approved and 16 percent disapproved his job performance.

Overall, Obama's average job rating over his first year is 55 percent approve and 35 percent disapprove, the report says.

The poll also found that less than half think he's meeting expectations, and nearly 2 out of 3 Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. today.

Forty-two percent of Americans think Obama is meeting (36 percent) or exceeding (6 percent) expectations. Fifty percent think he is falling below expectations.

About a third of Americans (35 percent) are satisfied with the way things are going in the country today.

According to the poll, almost half of Americans (48 percent) say the economy should be Obama's priority, followed by 12 percent who say health care, 11 percent terrorism, and 7 percent the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The national telephone poll was conducted for Fox News by Opinion Dynamics Corp. among 900 registered voters from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13. For the total sample, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. (ANI)

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