The nation’s gloom over economic conditions poses a serious threat to President Obama’s re-election chances, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The survey shows that nearly half of all Americans, and two-thirds of Republicans, believe the country is headed back into recession. A 54 percent majority disapproves of Obama’s handling of the economy.
“The public is incredibly pessimistic about the future,” said Peter Hart, the Democratic pollster who conducts the NBC/WSJ poll with his Republican counterpart Bill McInturff.
Added McInturff, “The president has substantial advantages, but is still in for a difficult race.”
President Obama’s overall job approval dipped back to 49 percent from 52 percent in May. That signals that the popularity boost he received after the special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden has faded.