Polls of the Week: Aug. 17

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  • Barack Obama, Congress
  • spirituality, religion, atheism
  • Barack Obama, economy, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton
  • voter ID law, voting rights, civil rights
  • healthy eating, obesity, fitness
  • Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush
  • Politics News, National News, national polls
  • Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan
  • Republican Party, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, The Tea Party
  • Gabby Douglas, 2012 London Olympics, gymnastics

Economic Fears

Conventional wisdom is that the outcome of this year's presidential election will center on the state of the economy. That 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy, according to a Gallup poll published Aug. 16, isn't a good sign for the incumbent. His 36 percent approval rating on this issue is lower than George W. Bush's in August 2004 (46 percent) and Bill Clinton's in August 1996 (54 percent), but better than George H. W. Bus in 1992 (18 percent). (Photo:  AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)