OT:73 pct believe Tea Party movement taking US on wrong track
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- Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:40:07 +0000 (UTC)
Reuters/Ipsos poll: 73 pct believe US on wrong track
WASHINGTON | Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:24am EDT
Aug 10 (Reuters) - Americans by a large majority believe the United
States is on the wrong track and nearly half think the worst is yet to
come in the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday.
U.S. President Barack Obama's approval rating dropped to 45 percent from
49 percent a month ago, according to the poll conducted from last
Thursday to Monday -- a period that included a historic downgrade of
America's credit rating, new recession fears and the start of a stock
The poll found that 73 percent of Americans said the United States is on
the "wrong track," and just 21 percent said the country is headed in the
This is the highest figure measured so far since Reuters/Ipsos began
polling American public opinion in February 2009.
The survey of 1,055 adults found that 47 percent of respondents said "the
worst is yet to come" in the U.S. economy, an increase of 13 percentage
points from a year ago when this question was last raised. This is the
highest measure since March 2009, when concern peaked at 57 percent, at
the height of the recession.
While Americans believe blame is shared among many in Washington,
Republicans appear to be suffering most following the debt-limit deal
reached last week after anguished negotiations between Obama and
congressional leaders that displayed the deep divide between the two
major U.S. political parties and an inability to compromise.
The survey found 42 percent of Americans held a negative view of the
loosely organized conservative Tea Party movement, closely tied to many
Republican lawmakers, in the wake of the debt deal.
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in
Congress, was viewed negatively by 37 percent of respondents in the poll.
The survey was performed just after Obama and the U.S. Congress concluded
the deal that averted a government debt default but did not stop the U.S.
credit rating from being downgraded by Standard & Poor's.
During the poll period, Americans were also digesting new data showing
stubbornly high unemployment and pointing to renewed weakness in the
economy, which sent U.S. stocks into a tailspin.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Kristin Roberts; Editing by Will Dunham)
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