On the eve of President Barack Obama's second visit to Tennessee in six months, a majority of Tennesseans disapprove of the job he is doing leading the nation, a new poll release today shows.
The Middle Tennessee State University survey found that 55 percent of those polled disapprove of the job Obama is doing, while only 30 percent approve.
MTSU surveyed 600 Tennessee adults from Jan. 23 to 26 -- before Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
"Although the year-to-year differences are rarely significant, there is a clear trend in approval for President Obama going from bad to worse in Tennessee over time," said Jason Reineke, associate director of the MTSU poll.
"In other words, while the number of Tennesseans who disapprove of the job Obama is doing has held fairly steady, approval has noticeably softened over the course of his presidency."
The news for Congress is worse. The poll found only 14 percent of Tennesseans approve of its performance. Nearly three-quarters disapprove.
The poll found that views of the president differed vastly based on party affiliation and race. Although down from 77 percent in 2013, 66 percent of Tennessee Democrats approve of the president's job performance.
Among Republicans, 87 percent disapprove, up from 84 percent who gave the president poor marks last year.
A 57 percent majority of independents disapprove of the president, up from 55 percent last year, the poll found.
Among whites, 64 percent disapprove of the president's performance and only 21 percent approve. The remainder said they didn't know or declined to answer the question. The vast majority -- 81 percent -- of black Tennesseans approved of the president, compared to 12 percent who disapprove.