Mood among Americans lowest in two years: NYT-CBS poll

April 22nd, 2011 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Apr. 22 (ANI): Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since President Obama’s first two months in office in 2009.

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, there appears to be an abrupt change in attitude, with most Americans thinking that the economy is getting worse.

According to the New York Times, the dour public mood is dragging down ratings for both Republicans and Democrats in Congress and for President Obama.Seventy-five percent of respondents taking part in the poll disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, while 57 percent disapprove President Obama’s handling of the economy.

Only 29 percent of the respondents think that Obama’s move to cut the deficit would create more jobs, while 27 percent said it would have no effect on the employment outlook, and 29 percent said it would cost jobs.

The poll found that Obama has considerable support (72 percent) for his proposal to end tax cuts for those households earning 250,000 dollars a year and more.

About three-quarters of Americans polled think the federal government has a responsibility to provide health care for the elderly, and 56 percent believe it has a similar duty to the poor.

Fifty-five percent of poll respondents said they would rather have fewer services from a smaller government than more services from a bigger one, as opposed to 33 percent who said the opposite, a continuation of a trend in Times/CBS polls. Twice as many respondents said they would prefer cuts in spending on federal programs that benefit people like them as said they would favor a rise in taxes to pay for such programs.

More than 6 in 10 of those surveyed said they believed Medicare was worth the costs. And when asked specifically about Medicare, respondents said they would rather see higher taxes than see a reduction in its available medical services if they had to choose between the two.Given the choice of cutting military, Social Security or Medicare spending as a way to reduce the overall budget, 45 percent chose military cuts, compared with those to Social Security (17 percent) or Medicare (21 percent.)

The nationwide telephone survey was conducted Friday through Wednesday with 1,224 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. (ANI)

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