Obama Faces High Disapproval on Economy, Deficit

Obama Faces High Disapproval on Economy, Deficit

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - June 28, 2011

As President Obama speaks to factory workers in Iowa about the economy Tuesday, his first visit to the state since he launched his re-election bid, a new poll shows that only 37 percent of registered voters say they approve of how he is handling the economy while 58 percent disapprove.

The results are the lowest McClatchy-Marist poll showing for the president since he took office. Opposition to Obama on the economy comes mostly from Republicans (91 percent) and independents (60 percent). However, most of the voters surveyed say Obama isn't entirely to blame. Sixty-one percent think he inherited the current economic conditions while 31 percent blame his policies.

Republican presidential candidates continue to hammer the president on the economy. In a speech to kick off her campaign Monday in Iowa, Michele Bachmann, who was in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney in a Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend, said she is determined to make Obama a "one-term president" because of how he has handled jobs and the economy. "Well Mr. President, your policies haven't worked," she said. "Spending our way out of this recession hasn't worked." Romney's campaign expressed similar sentiments in a Web video released last week.

And as the debt-ceiling debate on Capitol Hill wears on, 61 percent of voters say Obama isn't handling the federal budget deficit well either, while 31 percent say he is handling it fine. The president met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday, the day the McClatchy-Marist poll numbers were released, to talk about how to cut spending while raising the debt limit.

Despite the discouraging numbers for Obama on the economy, his favorability and job approval ratings remained consistent with those measured by the poll since 2009. Fifty percent view the president favorably while 44 percent do not have a positive view of him, and 45 percent approve of the job he is doing as president while 47 percent disapprove.

The poll of 1,003 Americans eligible to vote included 801 registered voters and was conducted June 15-23. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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