Obama or the American Public - Who Should I Believe?

by: Michael Panzner

Here's one view on where things stand:

"Obama: Economy's Moving In Right Direction, But Not Fast Enough" (NPR)

"The key point I'm making right now is that the economy is moving in a positive direction," but jobs aren't being created "as fast as we need," Obama added.

Economic indicators, he said, signal "we're moving in the right direction. ... We just need to speed it up."

And here's another [italics mine]:

"81% Rate U.S. Economy as 'Poor' - CNN Poll" (CNNMoney.com)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new national poll released Sunday indicates that eight in 10 Americans say that the economy is in poor shape, and the number that say conditions are very poor is on the upswing after steady declines through the spring.

And according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more people blame the Republicans over the Democrats for the country's economic problems.

Eighty-one percent of the public rates the county's economic conditions as poor, with 18% describing the economy as good. Forty-four percent of people questioned describe economic conditions as very poor, up seven points from July.

The poll indicates that roughly half the country says that conditions have not improved in the past two years. The other half says that the economy has gotten better, but many of them expect things will get worse in the near future.

Hmmm, I wonder who I should believe?