WASHINGTON (April 23) - For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.
Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington.
It's not all beer and skittles, though:
Other AP-GfK findings could signal trouble for Obama as he approaches his 100th day in office, April 29:
-While there is evidence that people feel more optimistic about the economy, 65 percent said it's difficult for them and their families to get ahead. More than one-third know of a family member who recently lost a job.
-More than 90 percent of Americans consider the economy an important issue, the highest ever in AP polling.
-Nearly 80 percent believe that the rising federal debt will hurt future generations, and Obama is getting mixed reviews at best for his handling of the issue.
And yet, the percentage of Americans saying the country is headed in the right direction rose to 48 percent, up from 40 percent in February. Forty-four percent say the nation is on the wrong track.
Not since January 2004, shortly after the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has an AP survey found more "right direction" than "wrong direction" respondents.
So, wingnuts, I guess those teabags on the hats are really winning people to the cause.
But please, do go on making yourselves irrelevant.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Guess They Don't Care Much About the Teleprompter. Or the Handshake. Or the Pizza. Or....
The people who have been openly rooting for President Obama to fail must be gnashing their teeth over the latest AP Poll, which has similar findings to the Gallup poll we talked about earlier this week: