Polls Show American Voters Not Confident In Obama And Congress
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows President Obama with a negative 16 percent approval rating among likely voters. 26 percent of the nation's voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president and 42 percent strongly disapprove.
Overall, 45 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. 53 percent disapprove.
67 percent of all voters now say the nation is heading down the wrong track, the highest level of pessimism measured since the week prior to passage of the health care bill.
According to Rasmussen, "Support for repeal of the health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever." 63 percent of voters now favor repeal of the plan.
55 percent of Democrats say the country is heading in the right direction while only 6 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Independents share that view. 39 percent of Democrats feel the country is heading down the wrong track.
According to pollster Scott Rasmussen, most Americans have “come to believe that the political system is broken, that most politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers."
Just 27 percent believe Congress knows what it’s doing when it comes to the economy and 41% say that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.
An overwhelming majority (72%) are not confident in Congress to address the economy. 53 percent of Democrats are confident that Congress can adequately address the economy while only 9 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Independents share that confidence.
The number of voters who blame the Bush administration for the nation's current economic problems also has reached a new low. Trust in Obama's economic judgment is down to the lowest point since February of last year.
Voters have an increasingly unfavorable opinion of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan but are more convinced than ever that she will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
48 percent of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama and 44 percent believe the president’s views are closer to their own. Among Independent voters, 50 percent say they’re closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President.
“Unaffiliated voters are continuing the pattern they established in 2006 and 2008 of opposing the party in power,” notes Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. Last week, Rasmussen Reports released data showing that 47% of voters felt closer to the views of Tea Party members than to Congress. Only 26% felt closer to Congress. Earlier polling found that just 16% of voters nationwide consider themselves part of the Tea Party Movement. However, views of the Tea Party remain more positive than negative among voters.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey of Likely Voters in Arizona finds that 71 percent now favor the immigration law (SB1070) while 24 percent oppose it. Nationally, 55% of voters favor passage of such a law in their state. most Americans don’t believe Mexico wants to stop the illegal flow of its citizens into this country and think America’s southern neighbor should be asked to compensate U.S. taxpayers for costs incurred by illegal immigration.
Most voters continue to say as they have for years that gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers.
Voters across the nation are extremely skeptical about the federal government’s role in the immigration debate. Three-out-of-four voters believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the nation’s borders. In fact, 56% believe that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration.
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