HOT BLAST: It's still the economy, stupid
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Fore! President Barack Obama tees off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Fore! President Barack Obama tees off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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A new Gallup poll asked respondents to rate the job performance of President Barack Obama.

On matters of race relations, terrorism, education,  foreign affairs, immigration and healthcare policy the president's have barely changed from the previous survey in June. However, when asked about the president's job on the economy, the numbers took a sharp dive.

His approval rating on the issue [of the economy], now 35%, is down seven percentage points, and his ratings on taxes and the federal budget deficit are each down five points. During the same period, his overall approval rating is down three points.

Meanwhile, Norm Orstein has more bad news for Obama, who is in the first year of his second term:

Fatigue is a universal in a second term, for a president and his staff. The job(s) are brutal in their hours and pressure. Inevitably, there is substantial turnover, in White House staff and Cabinet positions. We have seen ample evidence of this early in Obama's second term, with the departure of his chief of staff, national security adviser, and other key White House officials, along with many Cabinet and sub-Cabinet figures. There will be more departures, and as time passes it gets more difficult to get the best and brightest to come into a lame-duck administration. The changes can bring fresh blood and perspective, but it can also result in dislocation and turmoil. 

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