Not surprisingly, Republicans in the group, gathered in a room in Las Vegas, had mostly negative reactions to the president's answers while Democrats were generally positive.
Mr. Obama, however, earned bipartisan praise for his response to a question over his delayed reaction to news of AIG bonus payments: "It took us a couple of days because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak," he said.
However, the mere mention of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner produced a "decided dip" in support amongst viewers.
For more on the focus group's reactions, watch CBS News correspondent John Blackstone's report:
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