The Washington Times - April 10, 2013, 07:31AM

As he rolls out his fiscal 2014 budget on Wednesday, a new survey finds that Americans haven’t felt this confident about President Obama’s handling of the economy since his first year in office.

The Gallup poll, which sampled more than 1,000 Americans, found that 57 percent say they have a “great deal or a fair amount of confidence” in Mr. Obama to do the right thing on the economy. That’s up from just 50 percent last year and hasn’t been this high since it hit 71 percent in 2008.

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Trust in congressional Republicans, on the other hand, remains low. Just 39 percent of Americans trust the GOP leadership to do the right thing on the economy. The Republican number had shot up in 2010 and 2011, to 43 percent and 44 percent, respectively, and correlated with a drop in the president’s confidence levels, the poll shows.