(CNN) - As President Barack Obama arrives in Iowa, a new survey suggests that a majority of likely voters in the state disapprove of the job he's doing in the White House.
According to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Tuesday, 55 percent of likely voters give Obama a thumbs down on how he's performing as president, with 42 percent saying they approve of how he's carrying out his duties. The president's disapproval rating is up five points from February, with his approval rating edging down two points.
Among the wider pool of all Iowa adults, the survey indicates that 50 percent disapprove of the job Obama's doing, with 45 percent giving him a thumbs up.
The president arrives in Iowa late Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he's scheduled to meet with a local Des Moines family at their home before hosting a discussion on the economy with families from the area.
According to the poll, 59 percent of Iowans say they're dissatisfied with how Obama's handling the economy, up five points from February.
Obama's victory in the Iowa caucuses in January 2008 was the first big step towards his eventual winning of the Democratic presidential nomination. In the general election that year, Obama grabbed 54 percent of the popular vote in the state.
The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. from Sept. 19-22, with 803 Iowa adults, including 550 likely voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points for likely voters.