Public losing confidence in Obama

As controversy continues to swirl around health care reform, the American public is losing confidence in President Brack Obama’s leadership.

A new Washington Post/ABC news poll shows confidence in Obama’s abilities have slipped 11 points, down to 49 percent from a high of 60 at the end of his first 100 days in office.

Even more troubling to the administration is the finding that a clear majority of Americans — 55 percent — now feel the nation is on the wrong track.

Reports The Washington Post:

Public confidence in President Obama’s leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Among all Americans, 49 percent now express confidence that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark in his presidency. Forty-nine percent now say they think he will be able to spearhead significant improvements in the system, down nearly 20 percentage points from before he took office.

As challenges to Obama’s initiatives have mounted over the summer, pessimism in the nation’s direction has risen: Fifty-five percent see things as pretty seriously on the wrong track, up from 48 percent in April.