More than eight in ten American voters (83 percent) think government spending is out of control, according to a Fox News poll released Friday. That’s up from 78 percent who said so in 2010 and 62 percent in 2009. Some 11 percent think spending is being managed carefully.
The poll also finds almost all voters rate the nation’s economy negatively.
Those are two of the reasons why President Obama begins his second term with mixed reviews: 47 percent of voters both approve and disapprove of his job performance. A year ago 45 percent approved and 47 percent disapproved (January 2012).
The partisan divide evident during the 2012 presidential campaign is still apparent in Obama’s ratings: 84 percent of Democrats approve of his performance, while 87 percent of Republicans disapprove. Independents are 12 percentage points more likely to disapprove (49 percent) than approve (37 percent).
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