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Bad poll news for Obama


Two polls from Pew Research Centre and the Washington Post-ABC News Poll make poor reading for President Barack Obama but leave Republicans unhappy as well.

In the Pew poll around 68% want a compromise on the current debt ceiling crisis with 56% thinking that a deal will be reached whilst 38% don’t. Of those interviewed 65% say that they expect their personal finances to be affected if a deal isn’t struck.

Just 17% of respondents now feel that they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country.

The bounce which Obama received from the death of Osama bin Laden has now disappeared. Just 44% now say they approve of Obama’s job performance with 48% disapproving.

But to demonstrate the disillusionment with politicians in general, only 25% approve of the way Republican leaders in Congress have been doing their jobs. Nevertheless, 43% think the Republican party would do the best job of reducing the budget deficit with just 33% thinking the Democrats would.

However, 50% think that the Republican party is more extreme in its positioning compared with 35% for the Democrats.

The Post-ABC poll says that 90% do not think the economy is doing well and 37% (up 6%) say Obama has made the economy worse. Just 31% of Democrats support Obama’s record on jobs, down from 53% a year ago.

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