PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With the first primaries a few months away, a new CBS News survey has some surprising results, especially on who is to blame for the economy.

This brand new CBS survey has mixed news for President Obama.

First of all, 64% of Americans favor a tax on millionaires to reduce the deficit, something the president favors.

Forty-four percent approve of his job, 44% do not. While 69% say he’s done a bad job on the economy, only 12% blame him for the economy. The rest blame the Bush administration, Congress and Wall Street. Despite the tough approval ratings, Republican candidates hoping to defeat him may be stunned by these numbers.

Fifty-seven percent view him as a strong leader, but that number is lower than it was earlier this year. Seventy percent of Americans think he stands up for what he believes. Seven in 10 Americans say the President cares about their problems.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060

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