Poll: Hopes slip on leaders fixing economy
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By Susan Page, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON " Neither President Bush nor the two men vying to succeed him, John McCain and Barack Obama, have won the confidence of a majority of Americans to be able to "fix" the nation's economic crisis, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
Two-thirds of those surveyed say their personal financial situation has been harmed, and even more expect to suffer long-term damage from the mortgage meltdown and the stock market's precipitous fall.
They are braced for more: 73% call the economy "poor," and 84% predict it's getting worse.
The results were released as all three men delivered addresses Monday aimed at reassuring an anxious public and promising relief. Bush spoke at the White House after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. McCain addressed a rowdy campaign rally in Virginia Beach, and Obama was to unveil economic proposals at a speech in Toledo, Ohio.
Three weeks before Election Day, Obama leads McCain by 51%-44% among registered voters, just outside the survey's margin of error of +/"3 percentage points. The poll of 1,269 adults was taken Friday through Sunday.