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Most Disapprove of Obama’s Handling of Budget Deficit

Nearly seven out of ten Americans disapprove of how President Obama is handling the budget deficit, according to a Gallup poll released today.

Although Obama called for a freeze on non-defense discretionary spending in his State of the Union speech, most Americans aren’t impressed. He also has high disapproval ratings for his policies on the economy (60 percent), health care (56 percent), and taxes (54 percent).

Obama’s also losing independents on key issues. Independents are leaning Republican on health care, the economy, taxes, and the budget deficit. And while independents remain fairly evenly split between the parties on certain issues — including foreign affairs and energy policy — Gallup found no policy that independents are leaning Democrat on.

President Obama is scheduled to release his proposed 2012 budget Friday.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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