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Slow Down, Mr. President
A look behind Obama’s declining poll numbers.
By John Dickerson
Posted Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 7:29 PM ET
President Barack ObamaWe’re behind you, Barack, but slow down. That was the message from a dozen independent voters who chatted with veteran pollster Peter Hart Wednesday night.
Hart, who regularly conducts these focus groups for the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, had expected a harsher assessment. He’d just finished working on the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in which President Obama’s approval rating is at 53 percent. The Pew poll and New York Times/CBS poll have shown similar drops. When people are asked about the president’s performance on the issue of the day—health care—their assessments are even grimmer. In the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 42 percent now say that the president’s plan is a bad idea, which is a 10-point increase since la