More than a third of Americans now believe that President Barack Obama’s policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
But Americans’ discontent does not stop there. The survey also found that Americans harbor negative feelings toward congressional Republicans. Roughly as many people blame Republican policies for the poor economy as they do Obama. But 65% disapprove of the GOP’s handling of jobs, compared to 52% for the President.
The dissatisfaction is fuelled by the fact that many Americans continue to see little relief from the pain of a recession that technically ended two years ago. Ninety per cent of those surveyed said the economy is not doing well, and four out of five report that jobs are difficult to find. In interviews, several people said that they feel abandoned by both parties, particularly as debates over the debt ceiling gridlock Washington.
The survey found that a majority still blame former president George W. Bush for the state of the economy.
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