A majority of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of major political issues, which may not bode well for his re-election efforts in 2012.
New results from The Harris Poll reveal that the public is not impressed with Obama's job performance. The survey, which was conducted between Feb. 14 and 21, asked 3,171 Americans to rate the President on six major issues: jobs, the economy, healthcare, education, unrest in the Middle East and the environment.
Approximately 66 percent of those surveyed gave Obama negative ratings on job creation, while 62 percent disapproved of his handling of the economy as a whole. A total of 58 percent of Americans disagreed with the President's stance on healthcare reform and 52 percent said his strategies regarding education and the unrest in the Middle East are inadequate.
The environment was the one area in which a majority of participants did not give Obama negative ratings. However, about 48 percent said he has not handled the issue well, while 41 percent approve of his strategies to protect the environment.
According to Reuters, the nation's unemployment rate — which has hovered between 9 and 10 percent over the past several months — may be the biggest issue heading into next year's Presidential election. Analysts told the media outlet that the figure needs to drop below 8 percent by the fall of 2012 for voters to feel optimistic about Obama's handling of the economy.