Record-High 71 Percent Disapprove of How Obama's Handling Deficit, Says Gallup

August 18, 2011 - 4:33 PM

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President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House at the end of his 3-day economic bus tour on Wednesday, Aug., 17, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - In polling done a little more than a week after he signed legislation to lift the legal limit on the federal debt by as much as $2.4 trillion, the percentage of Americans saying they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the federal budget deficit hit an all-time high of 71 percent in the Gallup poll.

From Aug. 11-14, Gallup asked 1,008 American adults: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the federal budget deficit." Only 24 percent said they approved while 71 percent said they disapproved.

Obama's approval for handling the deficit fell 8 points, and his disapproval rose 8 points since the last time Gallup asked this question, which was in a survey conducted May 12-15. At that time, 32 percent said they approved of how Obama was handling the federal budget deficit and 63 percent said they disapproved.

Gallup has polled Americans on whether they approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the deficit a twelve times during Obama's presidency. In those twelve Gallup surveys, a majority has never said they approve of the way Obama is handling the deficit.