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Why is President Obama so unpopular ?

Mark Sandell Mark Sandell | 10:10 UK time, Friday, 16 July 2010

teapartypic.jpgAccording to the latest polls, 51 per cent of Americans would like to see a Republican Congress elected in November - and just 13 per cent say the President's economic plan has helped them personally.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll found 6 in ten Americans lacked faith in Mr Obama's ability to make the right decisions for the country.

44 per cent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the war in Afghanistan.
And one other stat : 73 per cent disagree with his stance on banning deepwater oil drilling in reponse to the BP disaster.

So what's going on ? Ok, the picture above was put up by a few Tea Party activists and had to be taken down, but why has Obama lost ground with "average" Americans ?
obamas.jpgThis survey, just last month, showed that Mr Obama is broadly popular around the world, but not, it appears as popular in his own back yard.
Some blame the global recession, others the amazingly high hopes invested in him.

Has your opinion of the U.S President changed ?

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