Gallup/USA Today Poll: Obama Presidency a Failure, 50 Percent Say

Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 10:49 AM

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President Barack Obama’s administration has been a failure, half of Americans said in a Gallup/USA Today poll published today.

Obama received a thumbs down from 50 percent of the participants in the Feb. 16-19 poll of 1,014 adults, compared with 44 percent who said his presidency has been successful.

A bright spot for Republicans is that 53 percent of GOP voters said they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, compared with 45 percent of Democrats who feel the same way.

Americans continued to be dissatisfied with the president's leadership on the economy, a political scientist told USA Today. That dissatisfaction "has continued to be a weight on his shoulders even as people are becoming a bit more optimistic," said Charles Franklin, the director of a polling project at Marquette Law School in Milwaukee.

"He still has a case to make to the public that their optimism for the future is the way they should judge him, rather than the slowness of the recovery that we've been experiencing," Franklin said.

Obama is too liberal, according to 51 percent, and they tend to disagree with him on the major issues. However, he does have the personality and leadership qualities that a president should have, 58 percent of those polled said.

Among Republican presidential candidates, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum both scored 53 percent on a question about their personality and leadership qualities. However, USA Today reported that Romney and Santorum scored lower than any nominees at this point in an election year and most Republican voters said they wished someone else was seeking the party's nomination.

Just over 40 percent of those polled said they agree with both Romney and Santorum on matters that matter the most to the voters.

Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party scored well with respondents on the favorability rating. Democrats, with a rating of 47 percent, scored lower than they did in the 2008, 2004, and 2000 elections. The Republican Party scored 42 percent.

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