Obama Starting to Take Blame for Economy

More fault him, and 50% say he doesn't deserve re-election
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2010 2:35 PM CDT
President Barack Obama looks over his shoulder as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Thursday, April 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Barack Obama’s health care victory doesn't seem to have helped him with voters struggling in the recession. (The president isn't much bothered by the early polls.) In a new USA Today/Gallup poll, roughly 50% said Obama deserved at least some blame for the economy, with 26% saying he deserved a “great deal”—almost twice last year’s total. The result: 50% say he doesn’t deserve re-election.

Obama’s ratings also declined in major personality categories: fewer think he is a decisive leader, fewer think he understands the problems regular Americans face, and for the first time since the election, a majority did not agree that he shared their values or could operate the government effectively. Still, 52% have a favorable view of Obama, which is miles better than any congressional leader from either party—Nancy Pelosi comes the closest with 36%. (Read more poll numbers stories.)

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