We’re not happy

I didn’t see last night’s debate but I assume these issues consuming the minds of American voters were at the forefront…right?
From WaPo:

The public’s ratings of the national economy continue to sour, with assessments deteriorating faster than at any point inWashington PostABC News
polling. Views on the Iraq war have also turned more negative, with six
in 10 now rejecting the notion that the United States needs to win
there to effectively battle terrorism.

The economy and the Iraq war are the top two issues on voters’ minds,
according to the new Post-ABC poll, and worsening opinions of both may
dampenGOP hopes for the November elections.

Nine in 10 Americans now give the economy a negative rating, with a
majority saying it is in “poor” shape, the most to say so in more than
15 years. And the sense that things are bad has spread swiftly. The
percentage who hold a negative view of the economy is up 33 points over
the past year, and the percentage who rate the economy “poor” has
increased 13 points in the past two months. That is the quickest 60-day
decline since The Post and ABC started asking the question, in 1985.

Views of the Iraq war have dipped as well. Now, more than six in 10 say
that the conflict is not integral to the success of U.S. anti-terrorism
efforts. That is the most people to reject what is one of the Bush
administration’s central contentions and a core part of presumed GOP
presidential nomineeJohn McCain‘s stand on the issue.

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