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NBC/WSJ poll: 50% disapprove of Obama on Gulf spill

According to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 50 percent of Americans disapprove of President Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf, versus 42 percent who approve of his handling.

But the public gives him better ratings than it does Congress, the federal government, and BP.

In the poll, a combined 48 percent believe that Obama has done more or as much as expected in dealing with spill.

By comparison, however, 39 percent say the same of Congress, 36 percent say that of the federal government (including the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency), and just 27 percent say that of BP.

The full NBC/WSJ poll -- which was taken June 17-20 of 1,000 adults, and which has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points --- will be released at 6:30 pm ET.