Americans are disgruntled about the economy and jobs, with more than one-third now believing that President Barack Obama’s policies are stifling the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll
. What’s more, his political base is losing confidence in his ability to create jobs.
The unrest does not stop with the president, though, as the poll found that about the same percentages of people blame Republican policies as Obama’s. And, although 52 percent don’t like Obama’s performance on jobs, 65 percent are unhappy with congressional Republicans’ performance in that sphere, the poll found.
Fully 90 percent of those surveyed said the economy is faltering, and 4 out of 5 said jobs have dried up.
Several people the Post interviewed expressed the notion that both parties have abandoned them amid the fractious debate over the debt ceiling.
“What I’ve realized is it doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat anymore,” used-car salesman Joey Wakim, 21, of Allentown, Pa., told the Post. “We just want somebody who’s gonna get things right.”
A majority of Americans still blame former President George W. Bush for the economic quagmire, the poll found. But it also discovered that Americans who identify most closely with the tea party movement are more likely to have encountered crimped lifestyles because of the economy.
Support for Obama’s economic agenda has been sliding during the past nine months, the poll found. The percentage of people who said Obama has made the economy worse jumped 6 points since October to 37 percent.
Although the president fares better among independents than Republicans do when it comes to jobs, he’s in trouble with his own party, the poll found. The number of liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plummeted from 53 percent last year to 31 percent, the poll found.
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