Poll: Voters Trust Obama More Than Republicans On Economy

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – As the debt debate continues to threaten to bring down the American economy and way of life; a new poll found that Obama is the best of the worst when it comes to handling the debt and the economy.

According to the new Quinnipiac University poll, President Obama is getting a 38 percent approval rating for his handling of the economy, compared to a 54 percent disapproval rating.

But when asked who is to blame for the current debt problems and the ongoing Great recession, by a 2-1 margin, the blame falls on President Bush, not on President Obama. Key to the large margin blaming Bush is independents who say by a 49-24 percent margin that the former president is to blame.

Even with the disapproval ratings, more voters trust the president more to deal with the economy than Congressional Republicans, by a 45-38 percent margin.

According to the poll, voters will blame Republicans over President Obama for a debt disaster by a 48-34 percent margin.

When it comes down to specific policies to help fix the debt ceiling and the national deficit, voters favor President Obama’s plans. By a 67-25 margin, voters say a debt deal should include tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts.

Republicans in Congress have vehemently opposed any plan that includes any tax increases, regardless of almost all national polls saying voters favor increasing taxes on the wealthy.

On the other hand, by a 57-30 percent margin, voters think the President’s debt proposals will impact the middle class, not just the wealthy.

The president gets a 50-41 percent approval rating among women, but gets a 51-43 percent disapproval rating from men. But perhaps most importantly as the Latino population begins to explode, Obama gets a 57-36 percent approval meeting.

  • Me

    I don’t trust no one. Over the past ten years or so, I have witness this country slowly crumble into a third world nation. All Washington and all politicians lie and are in office for their own benefit. Republicans are threatening Social Security and other cuts, so the suffering people of America are obviously going to lean again to Obama. It’s all rigged and a joke. We American people are being played like a good game of solitaire. God Bless the USA.

    • pokerpop

      How can people agree that Obama’s plan is better when he hasn’t even proposed one?He has only spoken in generalities with no specifics. The same thing that he has been doing all along. So far none of his plans have added up to anything close to what he said they would.

      • Cat

        Well, I for one have been paying attention and the only budget plan Obama put forth was not only voted down by Republicans, not one Democrat voted for it either. I don’t blame Obama for not putting forth any more plans. He has no clue what he is doing and he is not even listening to the people he put in place to give him advice (the Debt Commission). This president looked much better in campaign mode, but has followed through with only the most socially liberal policies and nothing else. Maybe he is just too busy traveling the world and playing golf. We need a president in 2012 who has some business/economic background and has at least signed someone’s paycheck before we let him/her that close to our nation’s checkbook…this joker we have now is history.

      • lmmd

        obviously you haven’t been paying attention

  • lmmd

    and the more you complain about it the better.

  • Richie

    Do they ask the people if they have any idea about what is going on. You can
    not pick either side . Most people have no idea about the government that’s
    why we have all these problems. Just like someone said he really did not commit
    to anything except raising taxes on the rich which makes all the average people
    happy to hear but this is not the only answer to the problem. Both sides want to fix the loop holes but it is not defined by our great leader when he wants to tax people
    two hundred and fifty thousand and up. It just is confusing to hold any poll.

  • bobbyb

    Do you really think the American public would prefer to loose Social Security and Medicare benefits in order to save the ultra rich from paying taxes? Business owners are operating with as few employees as possible. If they are making enough profit to be in the big big tax category, they are not going to shut their businesses down if there is a tax increase. They can’t hire fewer employees because they can’t operate with any fewer than they have now. If people get less benefits they will not be buying anything and the economy will not grow. People – you and I are not the people that will be paying these taxes – we are not getting the tax breaks now. The ultra rich are the only ones effected – not the American public. ….to ME ( first comment ) Did you go to school?

  • http://thomgorman.wordpress.com thomgorman

    What is Quinnipiac University ? Is that another liberal think tank (pardon the oxymoron)?
    We are suffering the pass through problems generated in the Clinton administration, like allowing 9/11 to happen, bad mortgage loans and the creation of super banks. Bush may not have been a great president, but he will prove better, than the ones immediately before and after him.

    • lmmd

      either you’re very young or you’ve got a really bad memory – the only thing clinton did wrong was to allow the glass-steagal act to be rescinded – but it was under bush that all the things that you attribute to clinton actually happened. Bush is one of the worst presidents this country has ever had and he was totally manipulated by cheney who was only interested in lining his own pockets through defense spending.

  • Tom

    I personally won’t trust a republican after george w. What are the republicans going to do for the middle class? The republican party is a mess now. I don’t see it getting any better either. I can’t believe the repiblicans are not even trying to hide their corporate connections with big oil. Republicans are not for most working people. They have no problem letting this country sink with this national debt then, blame Obama. (again)

  • Cat

    The times this country has gone into a hole, liberal politicians have held majorities in Congress. Yes, that would be Democrats. Clinton moderated after Republicans took back the House and Senate, which allowed us to be prosperous for quite a while. Once big spenders took back over the House and Senate, we went into an economic slide. The time Bush was in office, the purse strings were controlled by Democrats in Congress and they opened them to buy votes. There is plenty of blame to go around. We have to stop voting party lines. Liberty is Non-partisan. I am against class warfare and stealing money from rich people who already share an unfair tax burden. Most citizens pay nothing in taxes and many get refunds when they haven’t paid anything into the system to begin with. How can that be fair? We need a different tax system where everyone has skin in the game, everyone helps pay a fair share and if rich people want to buy a lot of goods and services, they can, thus paying fair taxes for more things all along the way. We have no right to steal from people just because they are more successful than we are and make more money than we do.

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