Poll sways Obama’s way, but doubts on US economy

2010-05-26 13:15

 President Barack Obama has gained voters’ approval by a slight

margin for the first time this year, said a poll released today that also showed

Americans still wary of his handling of the economy.


By a 48% to 43% split, voters gave a thumbs up to the job Obama is

doing, in the first positive approval rating he has received since December,

according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.


Voters remain pessimistic, however, on the president’s efforts to

bring around the US economy from one of the worst downturns in

generations.


By 74% to 21% , voters maintain the recession that began in

December 2007 was still in effect, and by a 50 % to 44% margin disapprove of the

way Obama is handling the economy.


The figure was a slight improvement from the 55% to 40% disapproval

he received in response to the same question in April.


Obama’s ratings “have been in the no-man’s land of just below

parity for some time and now the question is whether this is the beginning of an

upward trend or just a blip,” said Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown, assistant director

of the poll.


The 50% job approval barrier is traditionally seen as a crucial one

for presidents, affecting their political standing and ability to attract

support for their policies in Congress.


“The fact that three out of four American voters still see the

nation in recession, despite the claims from the so-called experts, highlights

the disconnect between Wall Street, Washington DC’s K St. and Main Street,” said

Brown.


For Obama to push his job approval back over 50%, Brown said the

White House needed to convince regular Americans across the country that his

programmes are helping.


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