[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/31/art.obama.0831b.gi.jpg caption="A new CNN poll reveals that only 40 percent of Americans approve of how President Obama is handing the economy."]Washington (CNN) - Just four in ten Americans say they approve of the job President Barack Obama's doing on the economy, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey. The 40 percent who give Obama a thumbs up is a new low for the president in CNN polling.
The survey indicates that 59 percent of the public disapproves of how the president's handling the economy.
According to the survey, 93 percent of Republicans say they disapprove of how the president's dealing with the economy, with 72 percent of Democrats saying they approve of the job Obama's doing on the issue. Two-thirds of independents questioned say they disapprove, with 32 percent giving the president a positive grade.
"There is also a big gender gap on that question," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Some 45 percent of women and only 34 of men approving of Obama's track record on the economy."
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted September 1-2, with 1,024 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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