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48% Rate Obama’s Handling of Economy As Poor

Although President Obama changed his holiday vacation plans to push Congress on economic issues, voters have not changed their views of how the president is performing when it comes to the economy.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as poor. That finding has ranged from 40% to 51% over the past year but has remained in the high 40s to low 50s since mid-July.  One-in-three voters (33%) rate the president’s handling of these issues as good or excellent, comparable to findings since August.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Voters are more enthusiastic about the president’s handling of national security issues.  Forty-seven percent (47%) rate Obama’s handling of these issues as good or excellent, while just 30% give him poor marks in this area. 

Positive marks for Obama’s performance on national security fell to a low of 37% in late March but rebounded to 53% following the killing of Osama bin Laden in early May.  Those giving him good or excellent reviews for national security have generally remained in the mid- to upper 40s since then.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 6-7, 2011 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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