Harris Poll: Obama Inspires Limited Confidence

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 10:18 AM

By Greg McDonald

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President Barack Obama’s approval ratings on the economy and his overall domestic policies remain dismal, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. Making matters worse for the president, about 73 percent of those surveyed said they are not confident his   administration can do anything to make things better.
The online survey of 2,463 adults between October 10 and 17 found that the president’s domestic policy approval rating is at 23 percent, which is slightly above where it was a month ago in a previous Harris survey.
Overall, 77 percent of those surveyed said they had a negative view of Obama’s job performance in office thus far, particularly on the economy. Last month 79 percent of those polled gave the president negative marks.
The criticism on his handling of the economy was up among Republicans. Ninety-Five percent who identified themselves as GOP supporters said they had a negative view of the president’s job performance.
At the same time, 93 percent of those who called themselves conservatives said they also had a negative view.
But the survey also indicated a continuing problem for Obama within his own party and among moderate Independents: More than half — about 56 percent — of those who identified themselves as Democrats said they also have a negative view of the president, while 83 percent of those calling themselves Independent voters gave him negative marks as well. Fifty-seven percent of poll participants who identified as liberal also gave him a negative rating.
In addition to the 73 percent who expressed little confidence in his administration’s ability to turn things around, only 20 percent of adults polled said they expect the economy to improve in the coming year.

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