Voters Are Unhappy With the Economy, and Don't Think Obama Has Helped Posted: * Nearly three-quarters of voters are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country, 91 percent describe the economy as poor or "not so good," and most believe that President Obama's policies have either made no difference or have hurt, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Dec. 15-20. Get the new PD toolbar! The poll also echoes other recent surveys in showing a majority disapproving of the health care reform legislation working its way through Congress, and the survey finds that the margin of voters saying they trust Obama more than congressional Republicans on the issue has narrowed. Seventy-four percent say they are very or somewhat dissatisfied with the state of the nation, with 26 percent very or somewhat satisfied. That compares to a 71-29 margin at the beginning of the month and 69-30 in mid-November. In the current poll, 77 percent of independents expressed dissatisfaction compared to 23 percent who had a positive outlook. Only 7 percent describe the economy as good, compared to the 91 percent who say it is poor or not so good. No one describes it as excellent. A CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted Dec. 16-20 said 80 percent considered the economy very or somewhat poor compared to 20 percent who said it was very or somewhat good (only 1 percent said "very" good). Fifty-one percent in the Quinnipiac poll disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy while 44 percent approve, with 5 percent undecided. Independents disapprove by 61 percent to 32 percent, with 7 percent undecided. The disapproval number for Obama was slightly lower than it was in this poll at the beginning of December. When those who say Obama's economic policies have made no difference or hurt are added together, it forms a big majority -- 66 percent -- who believe those policies have had no impact or have made things worse. Asked how Obama's policies have affected their personal financial situations, 58 percent say they have made no difference, 26 percent say they have hurt, and 15 percent believe they have helped. Looking forward, 37 percent think Obama's policies will hurt their future personal financial situation, 31 percent believe they will help and 30 percent say they will make no difference. Fifty-six percent disapprove of how Obama is handling the employment situation while 37 percent approve, with 8 percent undecided. On health care reform, 56 percent disapprove of the current legislation compared to 38 percent who support it, with 6 percent undecided. Forty-five percent trust Obama more to handle health care than congressional Republicans, while 40 percent trust the Republicans more, with 16 percent undecided. At the beginning of the month, Obama's margin was 44 percent to 37 percent, and in November it was 45 percent to 36 percent.