New Poll: Confidence in Obama Slipping

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WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama pushes harder for health care reform, it appears he is facing greater resistance.

According to new poll numbers, the public's confidence in the president's policies is declining.

Monday, Obama made the first of several scheduled appearances this week -- all aimed at promoting his plan for America's health care system.

"The need for reform is urgent and it is indisputable," he said. "No one denies that we're on an unsustainable path."

Yet, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll showed Obama's popularity path has reached a downward slope.  About 59 percent of Americans say they approve of the president's performance -- a 10-point decline since January.

GOP leaders say it could be a sign that the country is getting fed up.

"The Barack Obama experiment is one that the country can not afford to take," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

The poll also revealed that public support for health care reform is slipping, with only 43 percent approving of it. That's down from a high of 52 percent.

The president's call for radical reform comes at the same time unemployment is pushing 10 percent, the deficit tops $1 trillion, and the public's confidence in the president's economic plan is softening.  That number has declined from 72 percent seven months ago to 56 percent now.

Some analysts say the numbers reveal the Obama's "honeymoon" is over.
    
"Often it's the economy that causes them difficulties," said Charles Dunn of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. "The same thing happened to President Reagan. His popularity fell as he faced economic difficulties."

Despite the numbers, the White House said the president is his own best public relations tool, for the time being.  The more exposure Obama gets, the better his numbers seem to be.

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