Obama Needs Confidence Boost

By Nitya

Aug 21, 2009 7:59am

The biggest problem for President Obama in today's ABC News/Washington Post poll is this: only 49 percent of Americans are confident that he'll "make the right decisions for the country's future" — down from 60 percent in April.

Voters still like Obama. His overall job approval is steady at 57 percent. But they're screaming "listen to us" and "slow down." And they're worried he's getting in over his head.

Blaming the GOP for blocking health care will make Democrats feel better. But it may turn off Independents who are already abandoning Obama (17 point drops in handling health care and overall job approval).

In fact, the best short term antidote is a solid 2 week vacation.  Give everyone a chance to cool down and hope the economy's slow mend continues. More than anything else, that's the key to post Labor Day success.

Here's the rest of my conversation with Diane on GMA.

- George Stephanopoulos

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