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CNN: Americans Split on Obama's Record as President

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Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 09:05 AM

Half the country believes that President Barack Obama's time in office has been a success, while nearly all of the other half think it's been a failure, according to a new poll.

The CNN/ORC poll also finds that currently 53 percent feel that the country is doing well under the Obama administration, while 46 percent say the country is doing badly.

After more than six years in office, Obama's approval figure is the best recorded for the president in the CNN polls, and it's a slight increase over the 52 percent who said things were going well in November.

Overall, however, only one-half of the country, 50 percent, considers that Obama's time in office has been successful, compared to 47 percent who say it's been a failure.

As for those who say his time in office has been a failure, 37 percent say that's because of his own actions, while just 9 percent claim Republicans in Congress are to blame by preventing the president from doing his job.

CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta said: "The rising optimism about how the country is doing comes after several months of strong economic news.

"The current unemployment rate of 5.5 percent is the lowest of his presidency, and although average gas prices — often closely tied with public perceptions of the economy — are slightly higher than they were a few months ago, they remain lower than they were a year ago."

In February 2009, right after Obama took office, only 21 percent of Americans said things in the country were going well, while 79 percent said they were going badly.

According to the new poll, Obama's job approval rating has held steady over the last few CNN/ORC polls, with 46 percent in the latest poll supporting the way he's doing his job and 51 percent disapproving.

"Perceptions of Obama as a strong and decisive leader, as someone who can manage the government effectively and can get the economy moving again have also recently rebounded somewhat," wrote Agiesta.

The number of Americans who think Obama is a strong leader jumped from 48 percent last July to 53 percent now. And as far as the economy is concerned, 51 percent perceive Obama as a person who can get it moving again, an increase of 7 percent over a year ago.

However, more people think that Obama cannot manage the government "effectively" than believe he can, 52 percent to 46 percent, which is at least better than the number in July, when 57 percent declared that he couldn't "effectively" manage government.

The survey also showed that the GOP and Democratic party leaderships had worse ratings that then president. Nearly two-thirds, 63 percent, disapprove of the Democratic leaders in Congress, while three out of every four Americans, 74 percent, disapprove of the Republican leadership.

The CNN/ORC International poll of 1,000 adults was conducted March 13-15 and has margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points

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