On the eve of a town hall meeting President Obama plans to host today in New Hampshire, Rasmussen finds that his job approval rating continues to drop.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7.

At the heart of these declining numbers is the debate over health care reform, in which Rasmussen reported yesterday that:

51% fear the federal government more than private insurance companies. Thirty-two percent (32%) favor a single-payer health care system for the U.S. while 57% are opposed.

The President’s slipping poll numbers should not come as a surprise.  As I predicted in March, “the flow of elite communication has started to shift against President Obama, and soon we can expect to see a significant erosion of support among the public.”  The fact is, “elite opinion matters; it is the lifeblood of mass public opinion.  And it is of particular importance when the composition of elite communication begins to change directions.”