People think he can walk and chew gum

PEOPLE THINK HE CAN WALK AND CHEW GUM…. The Pew Research Center released its latest report today, and among other things, asked respondents about the media’s favorite Obama-related question (pdf).

So far, do you think Barack Obama is …

Trying to address too many issues at once – 35%
Focusing on too few issues – 4%
Doing about right – 56%

Eric Kleefeld added, “As one might expect, the ‘too many issues’ response is being driven by 53% of Republicans, with 37% of GOPers saying he’s doing about right. It would make perfect sense for Republicans to think Obama is doing too much — quite a lot of them don’t like what he’s doing to begin with.”

I wonder what the results would look like if a similar poll was done among political reporters in D.C.

On a related note, the same poll showed self-identified Republicans in a very foul mood. They’re not only turning against President Obama in large numbers, they’re disappointed with their own party’s congressional leadership, too, with support falling 12 points over the last month or so. Greg Sargent added, “In fact, approval of Republican congressional leaders has fallen from 34% in February to 28% currently, the lowest rating for GOP leaders in nearly 14 years of Pew Research surveys.”

The irony, of course, is that Republican leaders on the Hill are delighted with their performance of late (remember the “Back in the Saddle” ad?). Apparently, they’re the only ones who are impressed.

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