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Obama Is 0-for-4 on ‘Extremely Important’ Issues

8:41 AM, Jun 13, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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A new CNN poll shows which issues Americans say will most influence their votes in next year’s presidential election. The issues that respondents most often listed as being “extremely important” were the economy (51 percent), health care (45 percent), unemployment (45 percent), and federal deficits (44 percent).

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In another recent poll, CNN recently registered Americans’ verdicts on how President Obama is doing in meeting their expectations on most of these issues:  By a margin of 17 points (58 to 41 percent), Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy. By a margin of 17 points (57 to 40 percent), they disapprove of his handling of health care. By a margin of 30 points (64 to 34 percent), they disapprove of his handling of federal deficits.   

Independents are even less impressed: By a margin of 29 points (64 to 35 percent), they disapprove of his handling of the economy. By a margin of 31 points (64 to 33 percent), they disapprove of his handling of health care. By a margin of 42 points (70 to 28 percent), they disapprove of his handling of federal deficits. 

CNN didn’t register how Americans think Obama is doing on unemployment, which is now 2.3 points higher than when he got elected.

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