Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters trust their own judgment more than President Obama’s when it comes to the economic issues affecting the nation.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) trust the president more in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure whose judgment is better.
But voters clearly regard Obama as more of an economic whiz than Congress. Two-thirds of voters (67%) have more confidence in their own judgment in dealing with the nation’s economic problems than they do in the average member of Congress.
Voter support for the $789-billion stimulus plan has increased slightly over the past week since Obama began aggressively campaigning for it. But there’s a wide partisan divide in that support.
Sixty percent (60%) of voters say the plan emerging from Congress is mostly what Democrats want rather than a truly bipartisan product.
Indicative of the partisan split is the fact that 71% of Republican voters say they trust themselves more than the president when it comes to dealing with the economy, while 59% of Democrats have more confidence in Obama. Among voters not affiliated with either party, 55% trust themselves more, and 33% have more faith in the president.
The voters want Washington to do something about the economy. They believe the porkulus is a partisan product. They don’t particularly trust Barack Obama and they certainly don’t trust Congress.
The Democrats had better hope this works, or the next few elections will be extremely painful for them.