More than two-thirds of Americans trust President Obama to handle the economy, according to a new Gallup poll. Seventy-one percent of those polled last week said they had a great deal or a fair amount of confidence that Obama would do or recommend the right thing for the economy.
By contrast, Americans have less confidence in two of Obama's economic deputies, Treasury secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Only 49 percent and 47 percent of poll respondents said they had lots of confidence in Geithner and Bernanke, respectively. Thirty-nine percent said they had just a little or no confidence at all in Geithner -- only congressional Republicans fared worse in the poll.
In the first April of his presidency, George W. Bush received confidence marks similar to Obama's.
Gallup's writeup notes that poll respondents were highly willing to share their opinions of Geithner and Bernanke even tho most Americans probably have no idea what, exactly, the Treasury secretary and Fed chairman do:
It is unlikely that many Americans have a highly sophisticated understanding of the complex economic policies enacted in the last several months by either Bernanke or Geithner. Yet only 17% and 14% of Americans, respectively, are not able or willing to give an opinion on confidence in these two men's actions on the economy.
Compared to the president, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress fared poorly in the poll, with Republicans winning the confidence of only 38 percent of respondents. Congressional Democrats earned 51 percent, more than either Geithner or Bernanke.