The Campaign Spot

Washington Post Poll Finds Americans Confused, Eager to Get Off the Phone

Many strange details in the Washington Post poll out this morning.

Obama’s approval rating on the economy has taken a dramatic jump, from 45 percent approving and 52 percent disapproving to a 49/49 split.

Yet 73 percent are worried about the economy, a bit lower than the 88 percent in October 2008, but not by much.

And only 39 percent think Obama’s policies are improving the economy, 26 percent think they’re making it worse, and 32 percent say they’re making no difference.

Yet his favorable rating – separate from his job-approval rating – is the lowest the Post poll has found, at 57 percent, and his unfavorable is at its highest, 41 percent.

The generic ballot question comes out at 48 percent Democrat, 43 percent Republican, which is near the closest it has been (one percentage point difference from last month).

The poll’s partisan split comes out 34 percent Democrat, 23 percent Republican, 38 percent independent. The CNN exit poll on Election Day 2008 put the split at 39 percent Democrat, 32 percent Republican, 29 percent independent. Is the partisan split on Election Day 2010 really going to be more favorable to the Democrats than 2008 was?