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Poll: Most trust Obama's economic actions

April 13, 2009 at 8:42 AM
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PRINCETON, N.J., April 13 (UPI) -- More than two-thirds of Americans asked expressed at least a fair amount of confidence in President Barack Obama's economic decisions, a Gallup poll indicated.

Seventy-one percent of Americans surveyed said they have a fair to great deal of confidence that Obama's economic actions, poll results released Monday indicated. The level of confidence is higher than that given to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, or leaders of either party in Congress, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Obama received almost universal confidence from Democrats, two-thirds support from independents and just more than one-third from Republicans, Gallup said.

Results show Geithner's confidence rating ranges from 70 percent among Democrats to 24 percent among Republicans. Bernanke had a 64 percent confidence rating among Democrats and a 36 percent rating among Republicans.

Regarding Congress, 79 percent of Democrats said they have confidence in the Democratic leaders in Congress on the economy, compared to the 57 percent confidence rating Republicans give the GOP leaders in Congress, the poll said.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,027 adults April 6-9. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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