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New Poll Shows Support for President Obama Slipping

A new poll shows that public confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama has declined amid concerns about health care reform and growing government spending.

The Washington Post - ABC News poll released Friday shows the president's overall approval rating is at 57 percent, 12 points lower than its peak in April.

The poll shows President Obama's disapproval rating is at an all-time high of 40 percent.

It says nearly half of Americans express confidence that the president will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent in April, at the 100-day mark of his presidency.

The survey shows an increase in Americans who believe the nation is on the wrong track - 55 percent now, compared to 48 percent in April.

At the same time, half of Americans think the current economic recession will end in the next year, while just 28 percent believed that in February.

The poll of 1,001 adults was taken between August 13 and 17. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Mr. Obama was meeting at the White House Friday with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat who was the president's first choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services. Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs says the two were to discuss health care.

Daschle dropped his bid for the Cabinet post after it was revealed he had failed to pay $120,000 in back taxes.