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Pew: Obama Job Approval Drops 8 Points

3:02 PM, Mar 21, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Since just after his reelection last year, Barack Obama's job approval rating has dropped 8 points, according to a poll from Pew. Forty-seven percent approve of Obama's job, down from 55 percent in December.

Americans' economic outlook has soured, too. Here's more from Pew:

Yet the survey also finds that large percentages of Americans – particularly those with lower family incomes – continue to face severe economic and job-related problems. Nearly three-in-ten (28%) say they have had trouble getting or paying for medical care in the last year, while nearly as many (23%) report problems with paying their rent or mortgage. And 15% say they have been laid off or lost their job in the past year.

The share experiencing one or more of these problems is as high today as it was during the recession: Currently, 42% say they have encountered at least one of these problems, including 60% among those with annual family incomes of $30,000 or less.

When it comes to views of the national economy, most Americans do not think a recovery has taken hold. Just 27% say that the economy is recovering, while 31% say it will recover soon and 40% say it will be a long time before the economy recovers. These views have changed little over the past year.

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