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Nearly Two-Thirds Polled Believe Economy Will Get Worse

On the Wall Street Journal poll you linked to earlier, Jen, there are several other findings in it that are notable.

While President Obama’s approval rating overall is 47 percent (with 48 percent disapproving), on the economy his approval-disapproval rating is 44/52, a new low. Eight-three percent of independents and a quarter of Democrats say they are only somewhat or not at all confident that Mr. Obama has the right policies to improve it. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the economy has yet to hit bottom — and among those who believe the economy will get worse over the next year, 67 percent want a GOP-led Congress.

When people are asked if Obama has lived up to their expectations on the economy, 29 percent say yes, while 65 percent say no (on reducing government spending, the figures are 22/70). And compared to when Obama became president, 40 percent think the country is worse off now vs. 31 percent who think it is better off. And these results come from a poll that that gives a nine-point edge to Democrats in its sample (without leaners; with leaners, it’s seven points; H/T Ed Morrissey).

According to the Journal, “The results likely foreshadow a poor showing in November’s mid-term election for Democrats.” That is, I think, the most positive way to frame things for Democrats at this moment.



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