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Public Doubts President on Healthcare, Afghanistan

September 25, 2009

ObamaThe latest New York Times/CBS News poll demonstrates an increasing anxiety about President Obama’s health care overhaul and declining support for his handling of the war in Afghanistan. The Lakeland Ledger reports:

Majorities of respondents said that they were confused about the health care argument and that Obama had not a good job in explaining what he was trying to accomplish. However, most Americans trust Obama more than Republicans to make the right decisions on the issue; 76 percent said Republicans had not even laid out a clear health care plan.

At the same time, there has been a slip in confidence in Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan. There is tepid support for maintaining, much less increasing, troop strength there, as his top commander in Afghanistan prepares to submit a request for additional forces. Fifty-five percent of Americans do not want troops there for more than two years.

The percentage of people who approve of the way he has dealt with Afghanistan has dropped to 44 percent from 56 percent in April. The percentage of Americans who approve of his handling of the economy, at 50 percent, has dropped from 61 percent since April. In April, Obama had a 43-point advantage over Republicans in terms of who would make the right decisions on the economy; that has dropped to a 26-point advantage.

Poll Shows Public Wary on War, Health Reform [Lakeland Ledger]

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2009 2:31 pm

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I’ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  2. PoliticsFLA Staff permalink*
    September 25, 2009 3:48 pm

    Thank you Stacey!

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