Friday, April 22, 2011
With gas prices nearing $5 a gallon and unemployment above 12% in many regions, the mood of the American people is at its lowest level in at least two years and the country blames President Obama, according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll.
Fresh off a six-city fundraising sweep through California, the Mr. Obama returns to home less popular than at any time in his presidency.
Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s overall direction than at any time since President Obama’s first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession.
The dour public mood is dragging down ratings for President Obama and both parties in Congress, the poll found. But the findings are a warning sign for Mr. Obama as he tries to set his sights on reelection in 2012.
· 57% of Americans disapproval of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy
· 59% disapprove of Mr. Obama’s handling the federal budget deficit
· 70% of respondents say the country is headed in the wrong direction
Most Americans think neither President Obama nor the Congressional Republicans share their priorities for the country. Mr. Obama’s job approval remains below a majority, with 46% saying they approve of his performance in office, while 45 percent do not.
Support for Mr. Obama’s handling of the military campaign in Libya has fallen since last month: 39% approve and 45% disapprove.