Most Americans Say Obama Can’t Manage Government Effectively


WASHINGTON (UPI) — Only four in 10 Americans said they think President Obama can manage the Federal government effectively, a CNN poll released Monday indicated.

Fifty-three percent of Americans also said they do not believe Obama is honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling expressed that view, results of the CNN-ORC International survey indicated.

Forty percent of Americans said Obama can manage the government effectively, down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics rated in the new poll, CNN said.

“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.

Poll results also indicated 56 percent said he is not a person they admire, 56 percent said he doesn’t agree with them on important issues and 56 said he does not inspire confidence.

Obama is still seen as someone who cares about ordinary Americans, is likable and has a vision for the country’s future, results showed.

Results are based on nationwide phone interviews with 843 adults conducted Nov. 18-20 for CNN by ORC International. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

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