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'Majority of Americans lack faith in Obama'

world Updated: Jul 13, 2010 12:45 IST

Nearly 60 per cent of American voters say they lack faith in President Barack Obama, according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday.

The results of the Washington Post/ABC News poll are a reversal of what voters said at the start of Obama's presidency 18 months ago when about 60 per cent expressed confidence in his decision making.

Confidence in Obama is at a new low but the poll found that his numbers are still higher than lawmakers of either major party four months ahead of the November congressional elections.

Asked how much confidence they have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country's future, 58 per cent of respondents said "just some" or "none."

Sixty-eight per cent expressed the same sentiments about Democrats in Congress and 72 per cent said the same of Republicans.

The Post said problems in the housing industry, sluggish job growth and other economic issues may have taken a toll on Obama's approval rating.

Just 43 per cent of all Americans, including a third of Democrats, now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 per cent disapprove.

The survey also found wide anti-incumbent sentiment with 62 per cent of voters saying they were not inclined to support their current representative.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs in the Nov. 2 election as well as 36 of the 100 Senate seats.

Democrats now control both houses of Congress, but a slight majority of those polled said they would prefer to have Republicans in control to serve as a check on Obama's policies.

The poll of 1,288 people was conducted July 7-11 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.