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Poll finds Obama approval at historic low
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President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen to a new low, with only 36 percent of Americans saying that they approve of the way he is handling his job overall, according to a new poll from the Economist/YouGov.


A majority of Americans -- 56 percent -- disapprove of the president's performance.


As has been the case in previous polls showing the president's slipping approval, Americans seem frustrated primarily in a souring economy. Only 30 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approve of the president's handling of the issue. Fifty percent of Americans believe that the policies of the Obama Administration have hurt the economy, and 53 percent say that they have hurt the middle class.


Nor are they particularly convinced by the president's jobs bill push. More Americans believe that the bill would not create a substantial number of new jobs, and 64 percent of those polled say the president should be doing more to help create new jobs. The Hill



As a candidate Barack Obama pledged to turn the U.S. economy around. In 2008, before Obama took office, unemployment rate in the United States was 5.8 percent. Now the official unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. The Hill


During his presidential campaign Obama declared that he would "cut the deficit in half by doubling spending."


On Jan. 7, 2009, two weeks before Obama took office the deficit was projected to be $1.2 trillion. Now the deficit is around $1.3 trillion


As a candidate Barack Obama pledged that he would end the Iraq war. “When I am president, we will wage the war that has to be won...getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”


As a candidate Obama pledged he would stop military commissions, which were trying suspects in the September 11, 2001 attacks on America as soon as he took over from George W Bush. President Obama ordered a review of the procedures, declaring the system did not work.


In May 2009, President Barack Obama gave permission for military trials to restart at Guantanamo Bay in an announcement that effectively repudiated one of his first decisions in office.



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