Obama’s Poll Numbers Falling to Earth?

By Jennifer Parker

Jun 22, 2009 7:01pm

President Barack Obama is still a little bit more popular than most presidents at this stage of his presidency. But when it comes to the economy – his numbers are slipping a bit.

According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, 52 percent of the public now think Obama's signature stimulus plan is helping the economy. That's down from 59 percent in April.

The president has also seen his numbers slide on the key question of whether the country is going in the right direction.

Since the 2008 election those right track numbers skyrocketed. In April about 50 percent of the public thought the country was on the right track — but that number has slipped back to 47 percent.

It's the first time Obama's right track numbers have gone down since the election. It's all about the economy, high unemployment and real concerns about the growing deficit.

The ABC/Post poll also found that only 45 percent support the bailout of the automakers — an issue that seems to have crystallized concerns about government overreach.

Obama's big advantage? The other side isn't any better off.

The president holds a 20 point advantage over the Republicans on every major issue and only 36 percent of the public has a favorable view of the GOP right now. That's about a 25 year low.

–George Stephanopoulos

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