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Obama Gets Low Marks on Deficit as Americans Seek Action to Improve Economy

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(PRINCETON, NJ) – President Obama continues to get low marks from Americans when it comes to handling the federal deficit as citizens see it as a key issue to strengthen the economy, according to two separate USA Today/Gallup polls.
Sixty-four percent of Americans say they disapprove of how the president has handled the budget deficit. Obama’s work on the economy and taxes also got low ratings, with 63 percent and 57 percent disapproval, respectively.

Meanwhile, another poll showed that 30 percent of Americans see deficit and debt reduction, rather than taxes or stimulus spending, as the best way to deal with the economic situation.

Americans also weighed in on presidential action in other areas. Obama received high scores on foreign affairs and the war in Afghanistan.

Forty-four percent of Americans say they approve of the president’s work in Afghanistan, while 45 percent approve of his foreign affairs policies.

The poll, however, was taken prior to the latest WikiLeaks release of classified government documents that contained what may be considered embarrassing information regarding U.S. foreign affairs.

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