Reporting on its latest poll with ABC News, the Washington Post notes that Americans, including the president's base, are "unhappy" with Barack Obama's performance on jobs and the economy. Congressional Republicans, the Post writes, are also blamed for the poor economy and lack of jobs:
The dissatisfaction is fueled by the fact that many Americans continue to see little relief from the pain of a recession that technically ended two years ago. Ninety percent of those surveyed said the economy is not doing well, and four out of five report that jobs are difficult to find. In interviews, several people said that they feel abandoned by both parties, particularly as debates over the debt ceiling gridlock Washington.
Since April 2008, the average level of dissatisfaction with the economy in the Post poll has been 90 percent, with the highest level of dissatisfaction at 94 percent in January 2009 (right before Obama's inauguration) and the lowest level at 87 percent in January 2011 (right as the current Congress's term started).
On the president's own policies, "More than a third of Americans now believe that President Obama’s policies are hurting the economy, and confidence in his ability to create jobs is sharply eroding among his base," the Post reports.
Dissatisfaction with Obama's handling of the economy has increased dramatically from just 34 percent in February 2009 to 57 percent in this most recent poll. These are dismal numbers for Obama, particularly if the 2012 election ends up being all about the economy. As Jay Cost argued back in April, the economy will be problematic for Obama. If these trends continue, it could cost him reelection.