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Idahoans Give Obama Low Marks

Idahoans are not happy with the country’s political landscape.

A new Gallup poll out this week shows Idaho gave President Barack Obama the lowest approval rating in the nation.

The national debt is a big issue to many Idahoans, but the poll was actually conducted from January to June well before the whole debt ceiling debate last month.

With so much gridlock in Washington, it’s very likely approval for the president and Congress has dropped even more.

Only 27 percent of Idahoans approve of President Obama.

In a more recent poll released this week, the majority of Americans, 51 percent, said Obama doesn’t deserve re-election.

Walking around Idaho Falls it was hard to find the minority.

“It seems like he is trying to politicize everything,? former Republican Thomas Banneck said. ?He’s more concerned about getting re-elected than doing what’s right for the country.”

“I just don’t agree with his policies, I don’t agree with his health plan. I don’t agree with the way he supports the military,? Jennifer Ward said.

It’s not just Obama that Idahoans aren’t happy with. In fact only 24 percent of Americans altogether say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected, the lowest percentage since Gallup began asking the question 20 years ago.

“I think they are there just because they have been. The names are there. It’s familiarity,” Ward said.

“I think the problem is career politicians,? independent Tevye Waite said. ?They are there mostly to keep their jobs, not for the best interest of the country. I think term limits would be appropriate to break the gridlock.?

“I think the people that want to be there shouldn’t be, and the people who don’t want to be there would probably do the best job. They would run it correctly,? Justin Paulsen said.

While only 24 percent of Americans said most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected, 56 percent said their own representative deserves another term.

Obama received approval ratings higher than 50 percent in 16 states, most of which are on the East Coast.

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