Even Democrats skeptical of Obama's jobs act

President Obama called again for quick passage of his jobs bill during his weekly media address Saturday.

Our latest CBS News/New York Times poll puts his approval rating at just 43 percent - his lowest yet.

CBS News correspondent Whit Johnson reports his jobs plan is proving a tough sell, even to some Democrats.

To sell America on his plan for the economy, President Obama will need support from Democrats like Joshua Scannell.

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"He hasn't done much to please me since he's been in office," Scannell said.

A former Obama '08 campaign volunteer, Scannell has little faith in the President's new jobs bill.

"I think that it's a bad bill. I think that it's a bill that doesn't actually produce the kind of jobs we need," Scannell said.

In the recent CBS News/New York Times poll, 47 percent of Americans say they are not confident that the American Jobs Act will put people back to work.

Still, President Obama is crisscrossing the country, arguing his combination of tax cuts and investments is the best way forward.

"Everything in the American Jobs Act is the kind of idea that's been supported by Democrats and Republicans before," Mr. Obama said in his radio address.

But some Democrats on Capitol Hill aren't convinced. Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says that as the bill stands now, he won't vote for it.

"Half of it is tax cuts, and quite frankly tax cuts don't work. We've been doing tax cuts for eleven years," DeFazio said.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia doesn't like the price tag.

"The ugly part of that act is $450 billion of spending, after we've spent, spent, spent. And I've said if spending would have cured our problems, we'd have no problems," Manchin said.

About 68 percent of Americans seem to agree, saying President Obama has made no real progress on the economy.

If that doesn't change, even life-long Democrats like Scannell might stay home come November 2012, putting the president's re-election in jeopardy.

"I would probably vote for Obama, but if I don't have to, I won't," Scannell said.

On Monday, President Obama will reveal how he plans to pay for the jobs act.

Despite the criticism House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this week that her caucus is united in support of the bill, and that Congress should act on it right away.

  • Whit Johnson

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