A new Gallup poll finds the approval rating for Obama has fallen to 35 percent for his handling of the economy, suggesting public impatience with the pace of the recovery.
President Obama’s economic approval numbers have slipped this summer, even as he has crisscrossed the nation making the case that the nation’s financial picture has improved.
A new Gallup survey rates Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy at 35 percent, down seven points since June. His marks on taxes and the federal budget deficit have each dropped five points over the same period, to 36 percent and 26 percent respectively.
The president’s overall approval rating, meanwhile, has settled to 44 percent – from 47 percent two months ago.
Gallup, whose latest poll on Obama’s performance was conducted Aug. 7-11, notes that “these declines somewhat parallel the slide Gallup has seen in Americans’ economic confidence over the same period, although confidence picked up slightly this past week.”
So what gives? Is the White House right about the economy? Or are Americans feeling the pinch in a way the president hasn’t been taking into account?
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