New poll to Obama: It’s the economy, stupid!

July 13, 2010 08:05

Just when President Obama thought he saw a little light in the tunnel as slightly fewer Americans want to trash his beloved healthcare plan, out comes a new ABC News/Washington Post Poll showing most Americans would now like to see a Republican Congress as a check on the chief exec from Illinois.

Andrew Malcolm at LA Times

For more than a year now, throughout those endless months of healthcare town halls by the dozens, polls have shown Americans’ top concern to be the economy and jobs.

Now, this morning, with less than four months to go before his first midterm election, a growing number of voters appear to be preparing to take political revenge for such White House inattention.

The same poll shows approval of Obama’s job on the economy has dropped 7 points in only one month, from 50% to 43%, his lowest level yet.

Meanwhile, 54% disapprove, a new high.

Despite the $787-billion stimulus bill and proclamations of a “recovery summer,” unemployment stands at 9.5%, when the stimulus spending was supposed to hold it to 8%.

Democrats are most threatened by that revenge because over the last four years they had built commanding majorities in both houses of Congress. So they now have the most to lose. Which doesn’t mean Republican incumbents are safe, either.


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