A majority of voters approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing,
even as a larger share express concern about his handling of the economy and
the deficit, according to a Politico-GW Battleground Poll.
The poll shows public backing for boosting the $14.3
trillion debt limit, with 56 percent saying it would be “disastrous” to the U.S. economy if Congress
didn’t raise the limit. Still, almost one-third of respondents, 32 percent,
said failing to raise the ceiling wouldn’t have a serious impact, an argument made
by a growing number of congressional Republicans.
The survey found that 52 percent approve of Obama’s
overall job performance — a seven percentage point increase from its last
measure in October 2010 — while about six in 10 disapprove of his handling of
the economy and the deficit, and say the nation is on the “wrong track.”
The poll of 1,000 registered likely voters conducted May
8-12, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, shows
Obama’s popularity has rebounded since the 2010 midterm congressional
elections. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote to re-elect
him or consider doing so in 2012, and 38 percent said they definitely wouldn’t.
The numbers also show continuing challenges for the
president, with 65 percent saying they are concerned, frustrated or angry with
the direction of the country. Forty-eight percent ranked jobs and the economy
or spending and deficits as their top concern; jobs were seen more widely as
the most important issue, cited by 28 percent compared with 20 percent who
named the deficit.