A new Gallup poll shows support for U.S. President Barack Obama has dropped to its lowest level since the new administration took office, with 44 per cent of Americans saying they approve of the job he’s doing. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who disapprove of the president’s performance hit 50 per cent for the first time. Analysts attribute the drop to a loss of support among independents. When Obama took office, 74 per cent of independents were onboard with the president. Only 39 per cent still support the Democratic president.