Obama's Poll Numbers Dive

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 9:57 AM CDT
Obama's Poll Numbers Dive
In this July 17, 2009, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about health care at the White House.   (AP Photo)

The public is rapidly losing faith in President Obama, new polls show. His overall approval rating is below 60%—a USA Today/Gallup poll gives him 55%, putting him 10th among the 12 post-World War II presidents after six months in office. A Public Trust Monitor/Politico survey finds 54% trust Obama, down from 66% in March. Only 42% trust the Democratic Party.

On some key issues, the numbers are even worse. As many as 50% of respondents disapprove of Obama’s efforts on health care, and 59% say his proposals call for too much government spending. Meanwhile, only a third believe the stimulus package will ultimately help them. But Obama can take solace in the fact that Republicans poll even worse—only 36% say they trust the GOP. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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