Earlier this month, White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed concerns over the slipping poll numbers by saying reporters should "be careful of making too much of any individual poll… or even a series of polls."

Still, the president's favorability numbers outrank the other branches of government. The Supreme Court, which this week is hearing a pair of controversial gay marriage cases, is viewed favorably by 55 percent of Americans. Congress, meanwhile, is only seen positively by three in 10 adults. By contrast two-thirds of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the legislative branch.