Voters Unhappy With Washington, Debt Deal

UTICA, N.Y. – Voters give low marks to Congress, President Barack Obama and the federal debt limit agreement they reached this week, according to a new IBOPE Zogby interactive poll.

Nearly three-quarters of voters – 73 percent – say that the nation is on the wrong track. Poll respondents haven’t been that pessimistic since October 2008.


The President’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, but he’s doing better than Congress. Just 12 percent of voters approve of the nation’s law-making body.

Still, Obama appears to have a rough road ahead of him. Fifty-four percent of voters believe it’s time for someone new in the Oval Office; just 36 percent believe the President deserves to be re-elected.

Only 25 percent of voters like the debt ceiling agreement reached this week. Republicans disapprove of it by a greater rate (75 percent) than independents (73 percent) or Democrats (63 percent).

Just eight percent of voters expressed any degree of confidence that the debt agreement would actually lower America’s budget deficit. Forty percent believe that government spending cuts will hurt job growth; even 18 percent of Republicans held this view.

The online poll of 2,125 voters was conducted from Aug. 2-4 and has a +/- 2.2 percent margin of error.

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