WASHINGTON (CNN) - Five national polls released Wednesday suggest Barack Obama's approval rating as president continues to slip.
Obama's approval rating stands at 53 percent in new surveys from NBC/Wall Street Journal, NPR and Gallup's daily tracking poll, 56 percent in a Time Magazine survey, and 58 percent in a CBS/New York Times poll.
"Every poll that has been publicly released in July has shown Obama's approval rating below 60 percent," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The results from July's surveys are a drop from last month, when the president's approval rating averaged 62 percent in early June and 61 percent in late June.
The polls also indicate a deterioration in Obama's approval rating on health care reform, the issue that's come to dominate the White House and Congress this summer. The NBC-Wall Street Journal, CBS-New York Times and Time Magazine surveys all place the president's approval rating on health care below 50 percent. But people questioned in all three surveys give Obama higher marks on the issue than Republicans in Congress.
The president's drop in the polls apparently doesn't equal a similar rise for Republicans.
"Obama and the Democrats still tend to get better marks than the Republicans," adds Holland. "If that holds up through next November, it may mean that the GOP will not be able to make significant gains in congressional races. But that doesn't necessarily help the Democrats in legislative battles, because the public is not required to choose between a Democratic bill and a Republican bill. Doing nothing is also an option on many issues, so Democratic proposals don't get a boost from the relative unpopularity of the GOP brand."
The CBS/New York Times poll was conducted July 24-28, with 1,050 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points. The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey was conducted July 24-27, with 1,011 people questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The Time Magazine poll was conducted July 27-28, with 1,002 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points. The Gallup tracking poll was conducted July 26-28 with approximately 1,600 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points The NPR poll was conducted July 22-26, with 850 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points