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Economic Approval Ratings

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email


The number one concern on the minds of Americans is the economy -- and most are not happy about the way things are going.
A new CBS News / New York Times poll shows -- 70-percent believe the nation is on the wrong track.

On the streets of Washington many people told us that lawmakers aren't helping

Voter Edaward Kelly, "I don't think the focus is on economy or jobs. it's on corporate growth and wall street earnings."

Ildiko Antal another voter says, "The lawmakers are fighting about things which are not particularly important for the american people."

The poll shows - a lot of people agree. Three out of four don't like the job Congress is doing. That's almost a record low.

President Obama's job approval rating slipped, as well - to 46-percent… down three points - since January.

That's tough news for the President -- who's already started running for another term. But, the survey has bad news for Republicans too.

With elections less than two years away -- it shows those key independent voters are leaning toward Democrats on some major issues -- like health care reform -- and a proposal to raise taxes on people making more than 250-thousand dollars a year in order to lower the deficit.

The poll also gives a preview of the next budget battle on Capitol Hill. In May, lawmakers will debate raising the national debt limit. If that "doesn't" happen -- the US "could" default on its loans, causing more economic trouble. Even so, , more than half the people polled say -- they're "against" raising the limit.


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