December 17, 2013, 02:28 pm
White House: Polls will improve as public sees work getting done
By Justin Sink
The White House on Tuesday said public opinion of President Obama and Washington will improve as voters see work being done.
White House spokesman Jay Carney pointed to the two-year budget deal, approval of several administration nominees and an improving economy in saying the administration is optimistic public opinion of Obama will strengthen.
“In recent days and weeks, there has been, I think, some demonstrated improvements in Washington's performance when it comes to the budget agreement and also when it comes to the fact that we're seeing, you know, Washington do some of the things that it's supposed to do, Congress do some of the things that it is supposed to do, like confirm qualified nominees for executive branch positions and for the bench,” Carney said.
“Hopefully when the American people see that Washington is doing just that, then they will see the resulting improvements in the economy and in their own personal lives that this initiatives are meant to address,” he added.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday morning found that just 43 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, echoing other recent surveys showing the public is increasingly skeptical of the president.
Only 42 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Obama's handling of the economy, while just a third of respondents said they approve of the way the president is dealing with ObamaCare’s implementation.
Carney pointed to near-record low approval numbers for Congress in arguing that all of Washington has taken a hit because of its performance.
Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring mocked Carney's arguments about the budget deal, saying on Twitter that Obama was not directly involved in those talks.
Senate confirmations of Obama’s nominees have picked up since Democrats in the upper chamber unilaterally changed the rules to prevent the minority from filibustering administration nominees below the level of the Supreme Court.
That move has infuriated Republicans, increasing Senate tensions.