Obama's job approval stands at 50 percent

President Obama heads into the State of the Union address on Tuesday with half the country questioning his job performance, according to a new poll.

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A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday found 50 percent of respondents disapproved of the way Obama is handling the job, compared with 46 percent who approved.

Majorities disapproved of the president’s performance on the economy (55 percent) and his implementation of ObamaCare (59 percent).

On the international front, more people criticized Obama’s handling of Iran and Syria than supported his efforts.

Respondents were split on whether Obama is a strong leader, whether he understands the problems of “people like you” and whether he is “honest and trustworthy.”

Obama’s approval numbers pale in comparison with those of Congress in the new poll. Eighty-one percent of respondents disapproved of the way Congress is doing its job, compared with 16 percent who approve.

In general, 62 percent of respondents said the U.S. is on the wrong track, compared with 35 percent who said the country is headed in the right direction.

The poll of 1,003 adults was conducted between Jan. 20-23 and has a 3.5-percentage-point margin of error.