Poll Bodes Badly for Obama and GOP on Economy

Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 03:54 PM

By T.M. Golub

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Republicans score badly, but President Barack Obama scores worse, if you look closely at a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, according to the National Review.  
The poll found that Obama is not solely to blame for the economic stagnation with a similar percentage finding fault with Republican policies, though poll respondents seem to be moving away from blaming the administration of former President George W. Bush for the current fiscal quagmire.
Nearly as many people blame GOP policies for the poor economy as they do Obama. However, 65 percent disapprove of the GOP’s handling of jobs, compared to 52 percent for the president.
Forty percent of American surveyed say the economy is “not so good” with another 50 percent saying it’s “poor.” That amounts to a combined figure of 90 percent who have trouble with the current economic malaise.
A mere 1 percent of Americans polled consider the economy as “excellent,” while 9 percent view it as “good,” adding to 10 percent who look favorably upon the current reality.
Thirty-nine percent of those polled support Obama’s handling of the economy, and of that total, 18 percent “strongly approve” of Obama economic acumen.
More numbers suggest layoffs have severely affected families with 29 percent saying that they or someone in their household has been laid off while 71 percent claim a family member or someone they know has been issued their walking papers.
Liberal Democrats are also losing interest in Obama with those strongly approving of his performance related to job creation dropping from 53 percent last year to 31 percent, the poll indicated.

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