This healthcare thing apparently isn’t working out too well politically for President Barack Obama. His approval rating fell to a record low of 44 percent in the latest CBS News Poll.
That compares to 49 percent in late March, just before the healthcare reform bill became law. His approval rating was 50 percent in January and 68 percent last April.
Obama does even worse on healthcare. Only 34 percent of respondents approve of his healthcare policy, down from 41 percent in late March, 40 percent in January and 49 percent in July.
Americans aren’t exactly doing somersaults over Obama’s economic policy either.
Only 42 percent of poll respondents approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, down from 45 percent before the healthcare passage, though up slightly from 41 percent in January. Still, it’s a plunge from 61 percent last April.
Only 16 percent see the economy in good condition. That’s down from 22 percent in December, though it’s up from 5 percent in February 2009.
Citizens are undoubtedly worried about the job market, with unemployment registering 9.7 percent for March.
Thirty-five percent of respondents say they are “very concerned” someone in their household will lose a job, up from 31 percent in February, though down from 44 percent a year ago.
Democrats aren’t faring too well in other recent polls either.
More Americans think Republicans can handle the economy better than Democrats for the first time since President Obama took office in January, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.
Republicans beat out Democrats in the poll by 48 to 45 percent. That’s quite a shift from August, when 52 percent of respondents said Democratic economic policies are superior, compared to 39 percent for Republicans.
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