The Economy, Not Healthcare, Is Obama's Biggest Problem

Whispers poll finds jobs and stimulus spending, not healthcare, are dragging Obama down.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Despite the public's dissatisfaction with the emerging healthcare reform plan, that issue isn't the biggest drag on President Obama's popularity. As it is during every recession, the public's biggest problem with the president is unemployment and spending.

In a new Whispers poll conducted by Synovate-eNation, just 18 percent cited healthcare reform as the reason they don't think the president deserves an A for his first year in office. Over 50 percent blamed economic issues, with 27 percent citing stimulus spending and 24 percent jobs. We framed the question around his recent interview with Oprah Winfrey during which he gave himself a B plus but would have raised it to an A if healthcare had passed.

The Whispers Poll

President Obama, appearing on Oprah, gave himself a B plus for his first year in office. What mistake most prevented him from claiming an A?

  • Stimulus spending with unclear results: 27%
  • Not moving fast enough to create jobs: 24%
  • Pushing healthcare reform: 18%
  • Bailing out Wall Street: 16%
  • Failing to withdraw from Iraq: 15%
  • Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted December 18–22 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

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