Harris Poll: Obama gets low marks for job, economy

June 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 25 (UPI) -- Nearly six in 10 respondents said President Obama is doing a poor job and nearly two-thirds give him a negative rating on the economy, a Harris poll indicated.

Forty-one percent of U.S. residents asked give the president positive ratings for the overall job he has been doing, while 59 percent give him negative ratings, results of the Harris Interactive online poll released Monday said.

Republicans and conservatives gave Obama the lowest positive ratings, 12 percent and 15 percent. Among independents, 62 percent gave him negative ratings, as did 55 percent of moderates. Among both Democrats and liberals, 68 percent give President Obama positive ratings and 32 percent give him negative ratings.

Congress had universally low approval ratings, said Harris Interactive, based in Rochester, N.Y. Nine percent give Congress positive marks on its overall job performance, while 91 percent give it negative ratings.

Thirty-seven percent said country was going in the right direction while 63 percent said otherwise.

Concerning Obama's job on the economy, 35 percent give him positive ratings, while 65 percent give him negative marks.

The top five issues were the economy, unemployment/jobs and healthcare (not including Medicare), immigration and the deficit/national debt.

Results are based on an online survey of 2,210 adults conducted June 12-17. Harris said a margin of error was unavailable because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate.

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