• The president has suffered a drop in approval from just about all groups, demographic and political. But perhaps most striking has been his loss of support from independents. In January’s poll, 64% of independents approved of how he handled the start of his presidency (and the days leading up to it). Now just 43% do.

• Last week, when we asked Americans whether they thought the threat of terrorism would increase or decrease in 2010, most expected no change (39% said it would increase). In the last few days, the percentage seeing an increased threat jumped to 50%, a rise of eleven percentage points.