Quinnipiac: Majority Rates Obama Low on Four of Five Key Issues

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Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 03:48 PM

By Melanie Batley

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A majority of U.S. voters disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing on four of five top priorities they say the president and Congress should focus on this year, a new poll has found.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted Jan. 15-19, the president's overall job approval rating continues to hover at a near historic lows, with just 40 percent giving him a positive rating, compared with 54 percent who disapprove, a slight improvement since December's poll.

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In the national survey of 1,933 registered voters, respondents listed five top priorities for 2014: the economy, healthcare, combating terrorism, managing foreign policy, and handling Iran.

On every issue except his handling of terrorism, the public gives the president a negative rating.

Specifically, 56 percent of respondents disapprove of the president's handling of the economy, against 39 percent who approve. Fifty-nine percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling healthcare, while 36 percent support his policies. Forty-nine percent have a dim view of how he is handling foreign policy, compared with 40 percent who approve, and 47 percent give him a poor grade on his approach to Iran, compared to 39 percent who say he's on the right track.

Obama's only positive score was on his handling of terrorism, with 48 percent of those surveyed saying they approve, compared to 41 percent who disapprove.

"'It's the economy, Mr. President,' say dissatisfied American voters who are not yet willing to give President Barack Obama a thumbs up on his presidency," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"If — and it's a big "if" — the president can convince the American people that the economy is getting better and that Obamacare will be good for them, it will go a long way to rebuilding his sagging job approval ratings."

Fifty-three percent of voters also say the Obama administration is not competent when it comes to running the government. Forty-two percent say the government is operating properly. Forty-seven percent think the president is not paying attention to what his administration is doing, the poll found.

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