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Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they have "just some" or no confidence in President Obama to make the right decisions for the country, and they give even lower marks to congressional Republicans and Democrats, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted July 7-11.

Fifty-seven percent of those polled put themselves in the "just some" or "none at all" columns as far as their trust in Obama, while 43 percent say they have a great deal or good amount of confidence in him. That's a dip since January, when 53 percent said they had little or no confidence in Obama and 47 percent said they did.

When it comes to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, 73 percent had just some or no confidence in congressional Republicans to make the right decisions for the country and, by a 67 percent to 32 percent margin, the public held the same negative view of Democrats.

Ninety percent of Americans consider the state of the economy as not so good or poor, and they disapprove of Obama's handling of the issue by 54 percent to 43 percent, with 4 percent undecided. Forty-one percent describe themselves as "strongly" disapproving of Obama's performance on the economy. In early June, Americans were split, with 50 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving.

A separate CBS News poll, conducted July 9-12, said 54 percent disapproved of Obama's handling of the economy compared to 45 percent who approved, with the number of independents who approved dropping to 35 percent. Those who approved of Obama's performance dropped five points since last month.

The Post/ABC survey said the public trusts the Democrats more than the Republicans on the economy by 42 percent to 34 percent, with 3 percent trusting both, 17 percent trusting neither and 3 percent undecided. That hasn't changed much since March, but it's a big drop for Democrats compared to February 2008, when the new Congress was getting underway and they were trusted more than Republicans on the economy by a margin of 52 percent to 33 percent.

Looking ahead to the midterm elections, the poll's generic congressional ballot has Republicans ahead of Democrats by 47 percent to 46 percent when it comes to which candidate registered voters would choose. The margin of error is 3.5 points. In early June, Democrats led by 47 percent to 44 percent.

Sixty percent said they were inclined to look around for another candidate, compared to 25 percent who would re-elect their current representative, with 6 percent saying it "depends" on the choices and 9 percent undecided. While the number who say they'd look around was not that much higher than the 56 percent recorded in February, the number who said they'd vote to re-elect their representative dropped 12 points from 37 percent. Some of those appear to have moved into the "undecided" column, which went up from 3 percent in February to 8 percent in the current poll.

Unlike other polls, this one did not show a big enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans about the elections.

Fifty-one percent said they favored Republican candidates to keep a check on Obama's policies, while 43 percent said they backed those who would support his policies.

Fifty-two percent say they want Congress to extend unemployment benefits -- a contentious issue right now between congressional Republicans and Democrats -- while 36 percent oppose doing so because of deficit concerns.

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siegfreideq

lol...Wolfsonnydiane For the posters on this board read history, learn economics. Understand who is in control of governmental functions and how policies affect our country. Put things into context and maybe enlightenment will be yours. Pathological comments, although entertaining, are dribble. You might want to add spelling, punctuation and grammar on your "to do" list. When you can exhibit a basic level of education, then maybe your opinions will be taken seriously.

September 07 2010 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca

I wonder how many of the respondents are disgruntled liberals who are finding out that Obama isn't as liberal as we had hoped and believed. I'm disappointed in almost everything he's done, while he's accomplished a lot, I think he could have fought harder to make both the stimulus and health care bills far better. The health care reform turned out to be a former republican plan, after all. And the stimulus was far too small to do any real good. However, it really isn't teh job of the fed. government to put people to work--its the job of private industry to do so. And I find it very ironic that when things are good the republicans want the government out of business's way, but when things aren't so good, they blame the government (especially if its Dem. controlled) for the bad economy and high unemployment.

July 20 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
altollew

It's not because he is Black, it is because he is "green"

July 15 2010 at 5:02 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
msgusarmyret77

Pres. Obama is not the problem in this country. Yesterday on the Senate floor Sen Sanders (I-VT) talked about how the top 400 richest people in the country now control almost all the money. He said they made over $1 trillion last year alone. He said they paid a tax rate of about 12.5% on all that money. They don't create jobs they just invest in Wall Street and have increased their wealth each year thanks to Reagans trinkle-down economics and George W. Bush's tax breaks for the rich. The Republicans all talk about reducing spending but refuse to even mention that taxing the rich like they used to be will reduce the deficit. The Republicans want to extend Bush's tax breaks for the rich which will reduce the income to the government but don't want to offset that with reduced spending.

July 14 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse -22 rate up rate down Reply
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ragan101

Investing in wall street does create jobs. The businesses and companies who receive and use that investment have employees, as the company grows(partially due to investment)more jobs are created. The republicans do not all talk about the same ideas just as the democrats do not all talk about the same ideas. There are several different ideas being talked about by both parties, look up flat tax for example. I believe that if taxes are necessary then every person should pay their part. Nobody should be taxed more for working harder and earning more , nobody should receive benefits for being lazy

July 19 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
ragan101

Somebody believes they should receive benefits for being lazy?

July 19 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
piknplundr

Personally, I don't have faith in any of the politicians. I don't care who is to blame. Just please create jobs. Stress levels are high and people are suffering. Everyday I ask myself, Is this the day that civil unrest takes to the streets? I don't know how much more unemployed people can stand. Create some jobs and a lot of things will take care of themselves. Please, no matter what side you are on, VOTE! The USA is on the brinks and needs some help from all of us.

July 13 2010 at 11:06 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply
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Timothy

I'm vitally curious, piknplundr: If you "don't care who is to blame", then how DO you decide for whom you'll vote. You're not voting in November, for or against a bill or a Constitutional amendment. You're not voting for or against the President, either. You're going to vote for a candidate for one of the 435 seats in the US Congress and maybe, depending on the State you live in, for one of your State's two Senators. Now, the odds are that those candidates will be members of one of two political parties, and that their party will be either the one that supported the policies of the Bush years, or one that opposed them. If you can't decide whether you support or reject those policies, then how do you decide to vote for the candidate whose party supported or has rejected the same policies?
It is irresponsible for a voter to say what you've said, and to imagine that just by voting (without a clear understanding of the practical effect of your vote), you or any voter will be giving our nation the "help" that you believe it needs,

July 18 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Chinara

Certain people are just angry that the President is African American...get over it and grow up...get behind the President and show some respect and support...in due time you will have your chance to **** the country again.

July 13 2010 at 11:06 PM Report abuse -43 rate up rate down Reply
Chinara

You're doing a good job President Obama...Nothing will ever be good enough for certain people..Bush ran this country into the ground and nothing was said...it amazes me how people tend to forget so easily. It is so sad how this country build up our leaders and celebrities only to tear them down..Other countries already knows that American ain't ****. Honestly, this country is so full of **** meanwhile China and other countries are progressing because of their unity.

July 13 2010 at 10:54 PM Report abuse -45 rate up rate down Reply
sysaphus71

When someone next time tells you ,"but he has no experience running anything",
perhaps the lessons learned from this experience will keep you from committing
ANOTHER GRIEVOUS ERROR in the voting booth!!!. Instincts are what keeps a leader on the correct path.
And instincts are not given...THEY ONLY COME FROM EXPERIENCE!!!!!

July 13 2010 at 10:41 PM Report abuse +36 rate up rate down Reply
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wolfsonnydiane

well you claimed bush had experience and his experience didnt stop 911 evan after he was warned you claimed the bush tax cuts would create jobs where are they you claimed if we just got out of bussiness way things would be much better for bussiness than why did the stock market drop all the way down to 6500 under bush why didnt bushs experience cause him to realise that the info on wmds in iraq was false how come with all his experience he let the republican congress spwend our surpluss and 6 trillion more

July 14 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -22 rate up rate down Reply
arpeggiomikey

Gee, make certain to drag a cloud over any sunshine! I think reporters are not reporting enough on the good things Obama has done, and allowing people to think nothing is being done, when with a little research, one can find out everything the general media seems to "forget!" They made it seem like Obama was doing noting about the oil gush, but in fact, he had the Navy right on it, and HAS accepted help from other countries! I listen to news and read further reports on the Internet, but this "little" fact was buried under a pile of lies and negativity about President Obama! Why is that?

July 13 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse -33 rate up rate down Reply
vkit1

In my mind, some responses are racial, was it 1/8 that determined the race of Americans? I refuse to look it up in "OUR CONSTIUTION". However, these united states (Lower Case Intentional) became a strong and competive nation on the backs of black slaves and caucasion indentured servants; and even today, there are those who continue to believe "that's God's plan sanctioned slavery; however, in my mind the majority of white america have accepted, but not endorsed black emancipation; and there are blacks as well as caucasions who refuse to live within social, legal and politically acceptable standards.In my mind, that's their option, and their choice! Our laws are explicit! Individuals make their choices! In these United States, for the most part, Blacks are not equal, but we, as a nation in these United States are looking towards the U.S. being the greatest nation on this earth!
However, we have a long way to go: 100 years ago others were drawn to the U.S for economical reasons, Blks n2 slavery & others to pay for their passage. The lessons taught is bondage is forever; even your brother will sell you out.

July 13 2010 at 8:57 PM Report abuse -33 rate up rate down Reply

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