Obama approval in Va. slips to lowest in two years

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The president's approval rating is down four points from late August, and is his worst rating in the state since December 2011. Independent voters say by a 57-37 percent margin they disapprove of the president, while men break 57-40 against the president and whites disapprove 63-33 percent.

The sagging numbers seem directly coordinated to the president's recent push for a military strike against Syria.

"President Barack Obama's job approval in Virginia is dropping into negative territory again with the controversy over what, if anything, the United States should do in Syria almost certainly a major reason," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. 

"As has been the case during his presidency, when the president's overall approval is underwater, the driving force is independents moving out of his column. In this survey, Virginia independents give him a thumbs down by 20 percentage points. On handling Syria, independents disapprove almost 2-1." 

According to the poll, 63 percent of Virginians oppose using cruise missiles in Syria. Voters in Virginia's sizable military population oppose strikes at an equal clip.