(Reuters) - Americans' confidence in the way the country is going has slumped to a two-year low in the last month, and one pollster blamed soaring gas prices.
Obama's approval among independent voters who he will need for his 2012 re-election drive took a sharp dive, to 37 percent from 47 percent, the poll found.
Independents fled Democrats in congressional elections last November, enabling Republicans to win the House of Representatives and make gains in the Senate.
In speeches with an eye on re-election, Obama has been talking up the need for compromise in Washington, the kind of rhetoric that appeals to independents.
"There are going to be times where we've got to try to find common ground to solve problems. Not everything is a fight. Not everything has to be a battle to the death," he told a Boston fund-raiser on Tuesday.