Published September 01, 2011
As President Obama prepares to give a major speech on jobs before a joint session of Congress next Thursday, a new Fox News poll shows that by 60-35 percent of American voters disapprove of his handling of job creation. That’s a record-high disapproval (and record-low approval) for the president on one of the most important issues facing the country.
Likewise, 34 percent of voters approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, matching a record-low hit in October 2010. Sixty-two percent disapprove.
And voters’ expectations for the administration’s new jobs plan are mixed: 45 percent think the Obama administration has a “pretty good” idea what it’s doing on job creation, while 42 percent think it has “no idea.”
Few -- 9 percent -- think the administration knows “exactly” what it’s doing when it comes to encouraging job growth.
Overall, 44 percent of voters approve and 47 percent disapprove of the president’s performance in office. In early August, 42 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.
Approval of Obama among Democrats (76 percent) is more than matched by disapproval among Republicans (80 percent).
Among independents, 31 percent approve and 55 percent disapprove of the how Obama is doing. That’s unchanged from early August, matching that record-low.
While voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing on the economy and job creation, they see plenty of blame to go around.
Voters place the most blame on uncompromising lawmakers in Washington, as some 60 percent think they share “a great deal” of responsibility for the economy. Voters are also more likely to blame Wall Street than themselves; 54 percent think greedy corporate executives are greatly responsible, while 44 percent blame American voters for electing the country’s current leaders.
By an 18 percentage-point spread, voters are more likely to place a great deal of blame on former President George W. Bush (46 percent) than on President Obama (28 percent) for the current economy.
Some 15 percent think the earthquake in Japan and events in other countries should take a great deal of responsibility for the nation’s slow economic recovery.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 911 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from August 29 to August 31. For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.