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Obama Still Earns Low Marks on Economy

While a plurality of voters continues to give President Obama positive ratings on his handling of national security issues, his ratings on economic issues remain near all-time lows.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 36% think the president is doing a good or excellent job handling economic issues, down 10 points over the past two weeks. Forty-five percent (45%) give Obama a poor rating on the economy. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Positive ratings for the president on economic issues are just two points above the lowest measured during his presidency. His poor rating has stayed within a 42% to 50% range since the beginning of 2010.

When Obama first took office in January 2009, 53% said he’d do a good or excellent job handling economic issues and 19% said he’d do a poor job.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on December 13-14, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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