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‘Among independents, [Obama’s approval rating] dropped from nearly two-to-one approval to closely divided.’

More from that Wall Street Journal/NBC poll out this evening:

Nearly seven in 10 survey respondents said they had concerns about federal interventions into the economy, including Mr. Obama’s decision to take an ownership stake in General Motors Corp., limits on executive compensation and the prospect of more government involvement in health care. The negative feeling toward the GM rescue was reflected elsewhere in the survey as well.

A solid majority — 58% — said that the president and Congress should focus

on keeping the budget deficit down, even if takes longer for the economy to recover . . .

Mr. Obama’s overall job approval and personal ratings have slipped, particularly among independent voters. His job approval rating now stands at 56%, down from 61% in April. Among independents, it dropped from nearly two-to-one approval to closely divided.

When asked what the most important economic issue facing the country is, 24% cited the deficit, vs. just 11% who named health care.

I also noticed that only 37 percent say the stimulus was “good idea,” while 39 percent say it was a “bad idea.” The figure was 44 percent “good idea” to 35 percent “bad idea” in February.

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