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Obama’s job approval rating goes down: CBS Poll

Washington, July 14 (ANI): Amid rising questions about US President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, his job approval rating has gone six points down in the past month, a new CBS News poll has found.

Obama’s current approval rating is 57 percent, down by 11 points from its peak of 68 percent in April, and six points from last month’s 63 percent.

Meanwhile, his disapproval rating has risen from 23 percent in April to 32 percent today.

Surprisingly, the decline in support is not coming from Republicans – whose support for the president has actually risen – but from Democrats and independents.

A total of 82 percent Democrats still approve of the job Obama is doing, this number is down ten points from last month.

His support among independents has fallen eight points to 50 percent, while 30 percent of Republicans back Obama, that’s up from 23 percent in June.

The prime issue behind the Obama’s decline in approval appears to be the economy. His approval rating on handling the economy is now 48 percent, while 44 percent disapprove.

Last month, Americans approved of his handling of this issue by a margin of 22 points.

Half of all Americans expect the recession to go on at least two more years. Fifty-seven percent say the country is on the “wrong track,” up from 50 percent last month. And 44 percent describe the economy as “very bad,” up from 36 percent in June.

On the implementation of the stimulus package, just 21 percent say it has had a positive impact on the economy, while a whopping 60 percent said it has had no impact. Fifteen percent say the stimulus has made the economy worse.

Perceptions of the Obama’s handling of health care reform have improved five points since last month, and his approval rating on the issue now stands at 49 percent.

That same percentage says that America must fix health care because of the bad economy. But nearly 46 percent – say the country cannot now afford to reform health care. (ANI)

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