NBC Poll (so you know it is even lower): Papa Obama Falls to 47% or Look for more of his useless speeches For the first time, Obamas overall job approval rating has fallen below 50 percent (to 47 percent). In addition, for the first time since Sept. 2007, a plurality (45 percent) sees the Democratic Party in a negative light. And the percentage believing the country is on the wrong track (55 percent) is at its highest level in the Obama presidency. This survey underscores what I consider a dramatic and unmistakable change in the political landscape, said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with GOP pollster Bill McInturff. For Democrats, the red flags are flying at full mast. Plus, As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama's health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level. Just 32 percent say it's a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it's a bad idea. In addition, for the first time in the survey, a plurality prefers the status quo to reform. By a 44-41 percent margin, respondents say it would be better to keep the current system than to pass Obama's health plan.