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Latest Obama ratings poll shows decrease in healthcare approval

July 20, 2009 by  

A recent poll conducted via telephone by the Washington Post and ABC news found that fewer Americans are lending their support to President Obama’s healthcare reform plans.

According to the figures, only 49 percent of respondents feel confident about the administration’s plans for healthcare whereas in June, 53 percent expressed their approval.

Similarly, Americans’ confidence in Obama’s handling of the economy has also slid slightly as 52 percent currently endorse his decisions compared to 58 percent last month.

Furthermore, one quarter of survey participants feel that the administration is placing too much of a priority on healthcare, while 39 percent expressed they believe there is too little of an emphasis on fixing the federal budget deficit.

As a result, 55 percent of respondents think that it is most important that the government work to avoid a greater deficit rather than increase overall consumer spending.

Of those surveyed, 33 percent identified themselves as Democrat, 22 percent were Republican, 41 percent were registered Independent and only 4 percent had no affiliation.

Despite slipping public support, the government aims to push healthcare reforms and the issue is of extreme importance.

Last week, Obama explained he was "urging the House and the Senate, Democrats and Republicans, to seize this opportunity, and vote for reform."
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