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Obama Owns America’s Funk

Earlier today, I highlighted a new Gallup poll showing that President Obama is trailing a generic Republican candidate by eight points. This poll helps to explain why.

Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the country fell to 16 percent in July, the lowest in more than two years. (In February 2009, during the height of the Great Recession, satisfaction with the way things were going in the country was one point lower, at 15 percent.)

Democrats’ satisfaction has dropped the most, from 35 percent in June to 25 percent this month. Independents’ satisfaction in July is only 14 percent, while the figure for Republicans was less than one in ten (9 percent).

America is in a funk, and Barack Obama owns the funk.

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