President Barack Obama: The numbers look bad

A new poll shows 86 percent of Americans think the American economy is a mess and more than half still blame former President George W. Bush for the hard times.

The Associated Press-GfK found 51 percent blaming Bush for the nation’s poor economy while 31 percent say it is Obama‘s fault.

American confidence in Obama is slipping, especially among Democrats.  His re-elect numbers dropped another point to 47 percent.  Among Democrats, his rating as a “strong leader” has dropped nine points since May — down to 76 percent from 85 percent.  Among Americans overall, Obama’s “strong leader” rating has dropped 14 points — from a high of 65 percent following the killing of Osama bin Laden to 51 percent.

When it comes to handling of the economy, Obama’s approval rating from Democrats fell from 65 to 58 percent with Democrats and from 15 to nine percent among Republicans.  Overall, 63 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy.

Still, as bad as Obama’s numbers are, the President fares better than Congress — where more Americans blame Republicans but still have some wrath for Democrats.

And 75 percent now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction — a 12 point increase from 63 percent in June.

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Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. I wish they would throw all the nationwide polls away and only conduct polls that divide the samples along electoral-college lines.

    Then we’d actually know something.

  2. The only real thing these endless polls show is how fickle and ignorant the majority of Americans are. Hey, I wonder if we can commission a poll about that?

  3. I know that you do not recommend or support any political candidate but I would love to know how you balance Gov. Perry against President Obama’s numbers.

    The difference in handling Iraq and Libya is so obviously in Obama’s favor that just imagining Perry in the Commander position scares the apcray out of me.

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