Earlier today, I posted on the sagging numbers for President Obama in the new Washington Post/ABC News poll, but Obama comes across even worse in a USA Today/Gallup poll, which pegs his approval rating at 55 percent — ranking him 10th among the 12 post-World War II presidents at the same point in their first terms. Specifically, on health care, his approval is at 44 percent, and only 41 percent approve of his handling of the deficit.
•59% say his proposals call for too much government spending.
•52% say they call for too much expansion of government power.
•Expectations about when the economy will recover are souring. In February, the mean or average prediction for a turnaround was 4.1 years; now it’s 5.5 years.
•There’s limited faith in his economic stimulus package, especially when asked for its likely impact on their own finances. A third predict it will make things better for their families in the long term; a third say it will make things worse.
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