June 18, 2009
ONE MESSAGE AND ONLY ONE MESSAGE:
Public Wary of Deficit, Economic Intervention (LAURA MECKLER, 6/18/09, WSJ)
[T]he poll suggests Mr. Obama faces challenges on multiple fronts, including growing concerns about government spending and the bailout of auto companies. A majority of people also disapprove of his decision to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Nearly seven in 10 survey respondents said they had concerns about federal interventions into the economy, including Mr. Obama's decision to take an ownership stake in General Motors Corp., limits on executive compensation and the prospect of more government involvement in health care. The negative feeling toward the GM rescue was reflected elsewhere in the survey as well.
A solid majority -- 58% -- said that the president and Congress should focus on keeping the budget deficit down, even if takes longer for the economy to recover. [...]
Mr. Obama's overall job approval and personal ratings have slipped, particularly among independent voters. His job approval rating now stands at 56%, down from 61% in April. Among independents, it dropped from nearly two-to-one approval to closely divided.
Any time any Republican spends taking about anything other than spending is time wasted. In fact, they should move to confirm Ms Sotomayor by acclimation. Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2009 2:12 PM