(CNN) - President Barack Obama's poll numbers are near the lowest of his presidency as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
According to a CNN poll compiled Monday, Obama's approval rating stood at 44 percent.
Meanwhile, 51 percent of Americans gave a thumbs down to Obama's performance in the White House.
The poll averages the most recent non-partisan, live operator national surveys.
The ratings are marginally better than two months ago, when they ran at or near all time lows for Obama.
But it's still far below where it stood a year ago, at his second inaugural, when his approval rating stood in the low to mid 50s in most polling.
Obama's numbers tumbled after a summer of controversy over the NSA intelligence leaks and congressional investigations into IRS targeting of conservative political groups.
Then came October, and the botched rollout of Obamacare, his signature domestic policy achievement.
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