LOS ANGELES (CBS) — More Americans may be losing hope in President Barack Obama and the Democratic party as a whole, according to a study released Friday.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports the findings of the latest Gallup Poll may point to changing of the guard in Washington in 2012.

For the second consecutive year, Americans think Republicans would do a better job of getting the U.S. economy back on track than Democrats — a sentiment that may spell political doom for the party that controls both the White House and the Senate.

“Democrats actually won on that in 2002, 2005, all through the Bush administration,” said Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport.

Republicans now hold a nine-point edge over Democrats on overall performance, Newport said.

While the GOP has traditionally been the more trusted party on national security matters, they also hold a seven-point edge over their counterparts when it comes to fixing the economy, which pollsters say is the nation’s most important problem.

Newport doubted President Obama and his fellow Democrats will see a bump even with reports on Friday of the killing of al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

“Keep in mind these most recent data showing the Republicans hold a better position internationally come after the announcement earlier this year that Obama gave the order to take out Osama bin Laden, so I’m not sure this will have any impact,” he said.

Comments (3)
  1. Guapi says:

    Well, is it any wonder?

  2. sgr says:

    I watched a video of Barbara Boxer saying in the Clinton years how they balanced the budget and even created a surplus. I am thinking that’s great! Then she goes on to say when Bush took office almost immediately the budget went from a surplus to the red. Again, I am thinking no wonder everyone says bad things about Bush.
    Then, I did some history research and found what Barbara Boxer said was true. What she does not say is that the Republicans controlled both houses when Clinton was in office. It was the Republicans that balanced the budget and created surpluses. We had a Dem president that had to go along with the Republican controlled houses. When Bush took office both houses were controlled by Boxer and all her Democrat colleagues. The democrat’s soon had our economy turning in the wrong direction. They were busy spending the surpluses. No time to look into the many requests by President Bush to do something about Freddy and Fannie. No need, they Barney Franks who said everything was fine, great, wonderful.
    It is amazing how the dems take credit for the Clinton years and bash Bush for his. Ironic don’t you think?

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