Just 38 percent of his own party say things are going along fine in the United States, and only 9 percent of independents have that opinion. Even among blacks, 48 percent say the nation is on the wrong track, according to a new poll.

So what does it mean for Barack Obama’s campaign for another four-year lease on the Oval Office?

“One thing is clear – Obama is in very deep trouble and has been for quite some time,” said Fritz Wenzel, whose Wenzel Strategies completed the new poll on Obama.

The telephone survey was conducted Sept. 23-27 and carries a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.91 percentage points.

“Poll numbers for political figures tend to be like cement – the longer they sit at low levels without significant rebounds, the harder it becomes to make them move much at all,” Wenzel said. “Voters appear to have drawn conclusions about Obama’s performance in office and his capacity to lead.

“It will be very difficult for him to recover under good circumstances, and there is now no hint on the horizon that the economy or America’s gaping political divide will heal anytime soon,” he said.

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