One day ahead of SOTU, poll finds president's approval ratings suffering

      President Barack Obama's poll numbers are near the lowest of his presidency,{}as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

      According to a CNN{}"poll of polls," compiled on Monday, Obama's approval rating stands{}at 44 percent.{}{}{}Fifty-one{}percent of Americans gave a thumbs down to his{}job performance.

      The "poll of polls" averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys.{} The ratings are marginally better than two months ago, when they ran at or near all-time lows for Obama.{} But, it's still far below where it stood a year ago, at his second inaugural, when his approval rating stood in the low to mid 50's in most polling.

      The president's{}numbers tumbled after a summer of controversy over the NSA{}intelligence leaks and congressional investigations into IRS{}targeting of conservative political groups.{} Then came October, and the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic policy achievement.