CNN/ORC Poll: Majority Believes Obama Dishonest, Ineffective
Monday, November 25, 2013 11:27 AM
By: Drew MacKenzie
A new national poll shows that only four out of every 10 Americans believe President Barack Obama is managing the government "effectively" and 53 percent do not believe he is "honest and trustworthy."
The survey of 843 adults taken Nov. 18-20 by CNN/ORC International represents a dramatic drop of 12 percentage points from June, when 52 percent of respondents in another CNN/ORC poll said the president was effective in running the government
The CNN/ORC International survey also found that 53 percent of respondents do not believe Obama is "honest and trustworthy," a figure that for the first time represents "a clear majority" raising that concern.
"A lot of attention has focused on the president's numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama's approval rating this fall," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
The study also revealed that 56 percent of respondents do not agree with Obama on the big issues, which would include the Affordable Care Act. The same number said they do not admire the president.
According to the poll, 53 percent of the country does not think that Obama is "a strong and decisive leader," while 56 percent declared that he does not "inspire confidence."
These are the worst numbers for the president in CNN polls since he took office.
"It's clear that views of Obama as a person, once his strong suit, have taken a hit in October and throughout 2013," said Holland.
But there was some good news for the president. Seven out of 10 respondents described him as a likable person, while six out of 10 believe he has a vision of where the country is headed.
Still, his job approval rating continues to take a hit survey after survey. Earlier this month, for example, a Quinnipiac University poll showed only 39 percent of respondents now approve of how he's doing his job while 54 percent disapprove.