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March 09, 2010 10:22 ET

American Pulse™: Overwhelming Majority Concerned about Financial Future for Kids, Say They No Longer Have a Voice in Washington

Dissatisfaction Evident in President Obama's Report Card

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) - 70.6% of Americans say future generations will have to settle for less as a result of rising national debt, according to the latest American Pulse™ survey of 5,311 Americans. Further, 70.4% say they've lost their voice when it comes to how the U.S. is being run and that too much is being dictated out of Washington. 68.4% say the U.S. is losing its position as a world economic power.

66.2% of Americans think Congress and President Obama should solve the jobs/economy issue now while healthcare is a distant #2 (16.3%). President Obama's recent push to pass healthcare reform appears to be out of line with Americans' priorities and as a result, his report card is suffering.

Grades for President Obama on Key Issues (Adults 18+)

                  Economy          Healthcare       Job Creation
                  -------          ----------       ------------
               Mar-10  Feb-10    Mar-10  Feb-10    Mar-10  Feb-10
A  Excellent    4.5%    4.6%      4.8%    5.0%      4.0%    4.1%
B  Good        16.2%   17.8%     16.5%   16.3%     13.4%   14.4%
C  Fair        29.7%   30.3%     27.4%   27.5%     26.5%   26.9%
D  Poor        22.2%   22.3%     21.2%   23.0%     23.0%   25.5%
F  Failure     27.4%   25.1%     30.1%   28.2%     33.0%   29.1%

Dissatisfaction is also impacting President Obama's popularity. If the Presidential election were held today, 35.1% of registered voters would vote to re-elect him, compared to 40.5% who would vote for a generic candidate from the Republican Party. Not to be left out, people are also unhappy with the Democrats on Capitol Hill. If the Congressional elections were held today, 37% of registered voters would vote for a Republican vs. 32.3% who would vote for a Democrat.

Other key findings:

-- 65% think it is somewhat likely/very likely that another financial
   crisis is imminent as a result of the bailouts and government spending.
-- Americans say Democrats using reconciliation (56.2%) to pass healthcare
   reform is worse than Republicans using filibuster (43.8%) to block it.
-- 48.3% say Democratic leaders are bullying Democrats into voting for
   healthcare (v. 21.9% who say they aren't).

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About American Pulse™

The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights and accuracy of +/- 1%.

About Survey Sampling International (SSI)

Survey Sampling International is the premier global provider of sampling solutions for survey research. SSI offers access to more than 6 million consumer and business-to-business research respondents in 54 countries via Internet, telephone, and mobile. Additional client services include custom profiling, survey programming and hosting, data processing, sampling consulting, and survey optimization. SSI serves more than 1,800 marketing research clients, including nearly three-quarters of the top researchers worldwide. Founded in 1977, SSI has an international staff of 400 people representing 50 countries and 36 languages. The company is based in Shelton, CT with 14 additional offices worldwide.

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