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Poll says Americans losing confidence in Obama

WASHINGTON — A new poll says that Americans, concerned over the future of health-care reform and anxious about the growing federal budget deficit, are losing faith in President Barack Obama.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey found that less that half of Americans — 49 percent — say they believe the president will make the right decisions for the country. That's down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark of the Obama presidency. The poll, published Friday, says Obama's overall approval is 57 percent, 12 points lower than it was at its peak in April. Fifty-three percent disapprove of the way he's handling the budget deficit, and his approval on health care continues to deteriorate. The national survey was conducted Aug. 13-17 and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.