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Poll: Public Opposes Obama on GM, Gitmo

Wednesday, 17 Jun 2009 09:04 PM

President Barack Obama's popularity has slipped and most Americans oppose his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and his rescue of General Motors, according to a new survey out Wednesday.

Nearly five months after Obama swept into the White House, the Wall Street Journal/NBC television opinion poll found 52 percent oppose closing the detention facility for suspected terrorists while 39 percent support doing so.

And 56 percent said they opposed Washington's financial intervention to save the troubled automaker, while 35 percent supported it, and 69 percent say they are concerned "a great deal" or "quite a bit" about that effort.

About 48 percent back Obama's ban on harsh interrogation practices widely seen as torture, including waterboarding, while 41 percent oppose it.

Obama's job approval rating has slid to 56 percent from 61 percent in April, according to the survey, which had an error margin of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Among independent voters, Obama fell from 60 percent approval vs. 31 percent to 46 percent approving against 44 percent disapproving.

The poll found that just 37 percent of Americans think Obama has taken on too many issues, while 60 percent say he is fighting on many fronts because the country faces many pressing problems.

Although a majority of respondents worried about the size of the soaring US federal budget deficit, just 6 percent blamed Obama for the gap, while 46 percent blamed former President George W. Bush, 21 percent said the Democrats in Congress, and 7 percent said the Republicans in Congress.

Moreover, 72 percent said Obama inherited the sour economy, and 46 percent said they expected things to improve in the coming year — up 8 points from April.

Obama also got good news about his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, with half of respondents saying she is qualified for the job, versus 13 percent who said she is not.

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