A 44 percent approval rating is nothing to shout about -- unless, of course, it's up from a 36 percent approval rating the year before. Those are the exact numbers President Obama is facing, according to a recent Harris Poll that says fewer than half of those polled think America's chief executive is doing a good job.
It's important to note that this survey was conducted before President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, but there are some interesting geographic differences in the president's job ratings. Easterners and Southerners are the most differing in their views, with those in the East being split down the middle, as half give him positive ratings and half give him negative marks. Southerners, on the other hand, are still most negative, as 60 percent give the president negative ratings.