Obama's approval rating falls to 59%
The honeymoon appears to be over for US President Barack Obama, with his approval rating falling back to 59%.
Mr Obama has suffered a sustained onslaught from Republicans in recent weeks over the issue of healthcare reform.
This is believed to the main reason that his approval rating has fallen below 60% for the first time since he became president in January.
However, the latest poll by ABC and the Washington Post show that his approval ratings on other issues like the economy and the federal budget deficit have also slipped over the summer.