Obama “personally” well-liked … but his spending policies are not

Via Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — While 67% of Americans view President Barack Obama favorably, his overall job approval rating and his ratings on specific areas are less positive. At the low end of the spectrum, only 45% of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of federal spending, and 46% of his handling of the federal budget deficit.

Oddly enough, his handling of the economy – an issue which we know includes spending but apparently others do not – was at 55% approval. Go figure.

Better keep pushing that gabillion $ healthcare plan and ramping up that stimulus spending, Mr. President, before even your personal popularity ratings start to fizzle.

Doug Bandow adds:

[The spending and deficit approval ratings are] still too high. After all, he is dedicated to dramatically hiking federal outlays, not reducing them. Nevertheless, there is hope that people increasingly will watch what the man behind the curtain is actually doing. Then it will be up to the Republican Party to provide a credible alternative.

Yeah – if they can get it together.

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