Americans have the most confidence in their state governor and in business leaders to do the right thing for the economy. President Obama comes in third, followed by Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke ties with congressional Democrats and ranks slightly higher than Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Tea Party leaders, and labor union leaders.
The findings are from a Gallup poll conducted April 7-11, amid federal budget negotiations in Washington. Gallup has asked this question each year since 2001 for the president, congressional leaders, and the Federal Reserve chairman.
While Democratic and Republican congressional leaders debate how to reduce the federal budget deficit and its economic implications, Americans’ confidence that they will do the right thing for the U.S. economy is relatively low.