In polling done a little more than a week after he signed legislation to lift the legal limit on the federal debt by as much as $2.4 trillion, the percentage of Americans saying they disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the federal budget deficit hit an all-time high of 71 percent in the Gallup poll.

From Aug. 11-14, Gallup asked 1,008 American adults: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the federal budget deficit.” Only 24 percent said they approved while 71 percent said they disapproved.

Obama’s approval for handling the deficit fell 8 points, and his disapproval rose 8 points since the last time Gallup asked this question, which was in a survey conducted May 12-15. At that time, 32 percent said they approved of how Obama was handling the federal budget deficit and 63 percent said they disapproved.

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