Poll: Obama Gets a Thumbs Down on Economy

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A new Bloomberg National Poll shows President Obama is losing ground with the public on his handling of the economy.

The Bloomberg survey was taken after the president announced his $447 billion American Jobs Act.

According to the poll, 62 percent of people disapprove of his economic policies - that's up about nine points since six months ago. 

"I don't think he's done as good a job as I think he could have," Paul Kaplan, 58, an unemployed Democrat from Philadelphia, told Bloomberg News.

"We were hopeful that things would improve in the economy, and they've only gotten worse," he said. "People in Washington just don't seem to want to cooperate with each other and work for the people."

Obama's overall approval numbers are down as well. Only 45 percent of people polled say the president is doing a good job.
    
The president is losing the support of the independents who helped get him elected. Fifty three percent of those voters now disapprove of his performance. 

"If he believes in something, then he needs to stand for it. He needs to back it and not play both sides. It hasn't really served him well." Jason Dumas, a 40 year-old North Carolina independent, told Bloomberg.

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