Americans aren’t rejecting President Barack Obama’s jobs plan out of hand, but they aren’t embracing it with open arms, either. Two new polls show that, although more favor the president’s $447 billion plan than oppose it, their backing falls far short of half.
A CNN/Opinion research poll shows that the public favors the plan 43 percent to 35 percent, and Gallup finds 45 percent in favor and 32 percent opposed.
“With less than majority support, it’s hardly a resounding affirmation of the president’s policies, and much has yet to play out,” The Washington Post’s political blog The Fix
reports. “But the numbers do show that the American people haven’t written off the president’s economic ideas, even as the economy has tanked.”
The CNN poll shows that he is trusted more than the GOP to deal with the economy by a 46 to 37 percent margin, and 65 percent believe job creation is more important that cutting the deficit. A Bloomberg poll ranked unemployment and jobs as more important than government spending and the deficit.
“Now, those numbers don’t tell the whole story — the choice isn’t quite that simple when it comes to jobs vs. the budget — but they do suggest an American public that could jump back on board with the president,” the Fix noted.
“The GOP still isn’t held in as high a regard on the economy, and it appears more focused on an issue — the budget — that voters say is a lower priority. Obama, by contrast, is the one people trust more, and his White House has been focused like a laser on the people’s clear top priority, jobs, for a while now.”
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