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  • wgboxman2 wgboxman2 Apr 19, 2013 9:00 AM Flag

    olamo poll numbers going down faster than emanuel , barney and el presedente on vinnie + indy

     

    Ratings of the president's handling of the economy, meanwhile, are back in negative territory, with 52 percent disapproving and 46 percent approving. In last September's run-up to the election, 49 percent said they approved, and 48 percent disapproved.
    In the new poll, disapproval among independents on handling the economy is up 10 percentage points since September 2012. It now stands at 57 percent.
    Obama's budget proposals are winning few kudos. Fifty-six percent of Americans disapprove of the way he is handling the federal deficit, while 39 percent approve. Those levels have changed little in the past 15 months.
    Public support has dropped, however, for proposals recently floated by Obama and others to slow the growth of benefits in the popular but costly Social Security and Medicare programs.
    Opposition to raising the Medicare eligibility age has grown over the last few months in AP-GfK polling. Shortly after the fall election, 48 percent opposed such a plan, while 40 percent supported it. Opposition has grown by 11 points since then, with 59 percent now saying they dislike the idea.
    Support among Democrats fell from 41 percent last fall to just 27 percent now, with 60 percent opposed.
    Curiously, perhaps, the sharpest drop in support for a higher Medicare eligibility age was found among adults under 30. The new poll found 32 percent of them backing the idea, compared to 48 percent last fall. Medicare, the major health care program for seniors, is partly funded by payroll taxes on all wage earners.
    Most Americans also oppose a proposal to slow the cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits. Now, 54 percent oppose the idea, up slightly from January, when 49 percent opposed it. Only about a quarter favor it.

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