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Obama's Weak Spot?

Is AIG really a weak spot for President Obama?

The latest Gallup Poll suggests it isn't. It finds that everybody connected to the AIG bonus controversy comes out looking badly -- except Obama. Some 54 percent of respondents gave Obama's handling of the matter a positive evaluation.

By contrast, a new CBS News poll finds that AIG is indeed a weak spot -- but evidently not a very big one.

"For the first time since he became president, a significant number of Americans are expressing disapproval of Barack Obama's actions in a specific area: His handling of the AIG bonus situation," CBS reports.

"Forty-two percent of those surveyed disapprove of the president's handling of the AIG bonuses, while roughly the same percentage - 41 percent - approve. Another 17 percent don't know or aren't sure...

"Yet President Obama's overall job performance rating appears unaffected by the AIG fallout. Sixty-four percent approve of the president's performance, roughly the same as last week.

"And ratings for the president's handling of the overall economy are actually up slightly: Sixty-one percent now approve, up from 56 percent last week."

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 24, 2009; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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