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Marist: More Favor GOP Debt Plan Than Obama’s

From McClatchy Newspapers:

McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama tumbling in voters’ eyes

By Steven Thomma | March 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — If President Barack Obama had piled up political capital with his impressive re-election, it’s largely gone.

His approval rating has dropped to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters now turning thumbs down on his performance than thumbs up, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. The measure of how much people like him also has dropped.

And his ‘likeability’ has been Obama’s only strong suit.

He’s still vastly more popular than Congress, particularly congressional Republicans. But in the biggest political clash of the year – over the federal budget and how to curb deficits – voters split 44 percent to 42 percent between preferring Congress or Obama…

Could this be the real reason for Obama’s sudden ‘charm offensive’?

The national survey, conducted four months after Obama was re-elected with 51 percent of the popular vote, found 45 percent of voters approving of the way he’s handling his job and 48 percent disapproving.

That was down from a 50 percent approval rating in November and December, and the lowest since November 2011. It also was the first time that more people disapproved of his work than approved since November 2011, when his rating was 43-50.

Obama’s personal popularity also has declined, with 48 percent of voters having favorable impressions of him and 48 percent having unfavorable impressions. That was down from 53-44 in December. It also was the lowest since November 2011, when it was 47-49.

Another factor in the president’s decline is anxiety about the economy and the country.

Just 34 percent of voters think the country’s heading in the right direction, while 62 percent think it’s headed the wrong way. That’s also the worst since November 2011.

Which makes you wonder why he was ever re-elected in the first place.

Indeed, despite gains in jobs and the stock markets, voters think by 62-34 percent that the country is still in a recession. Just 22 percent think they’ll be better off in the coming year, while 41 percent think they’ll be about the same and 36 percent think they’ll be worse off…

The stock market is being driven up by Bernanke’s pumping. And there have not been any real gains in jobs. Apparently, the people are more up to speed than McClatchy is.

Voters are divided on whom they like in the great debates over the budget and spending cuts.

By 45-37 percent, they blame congressional Republicans more than Obama for the recent failure to find a better alternative to reducing deficits than the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts now taking effect. Twelve percent said both shared the blame equally.

Yet by 44-42 percent they prefer the Republican approach to curbing the deficit. Seven percent preferred neither way.

This is not the way it was supposed to work. The American public was supposed to see all of the disasters caused by the sequester’s draconian cuts, and plead for higher taxes. So now it’s back to the drawing board for Obama’s team, including, of course, the news media.

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