Obama’s approval on handling of economy: “A new low of 26%”

Maybe someone at the White House should have been listening to that “political rookie” Paul Krugman instead of trashing him. This is pretty bad. Seriously bad:

A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in mid-May and well below his previous low of 35% in November 2010.

Trend: President Barack Obama's Approval Ratings on the Economy, February 2009-August 2011
Obama earns similarly low approval for his handling of the federal budget deficit (24%) and creating jobs (29%).

They ignored all of us who said focus on jobs. Oh no, they had to talk about the debt because that’s what Republicans wanted to debate. Well, look where it got him. Guess that genius strategy of being the adult in the room didn’t quite pay off this time.

Only 53% of Democrats and just 23% of independents approve of Obama’s handling of the economy. That’s got to improve a whole lot by November of 2012, especially since the economy will probably be the top issue for voters.

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