A new survey has found that while Americans tend to appreciate President Obama’s efforts on the national security front, many are also disappointed with his handling of the economic policies at home.
The poll, conducted by Franklin & Marshall College in conjunction with Hearst Television, revealed that 57 percent of registered American voters approve of the way Obama is dealing with the situation in Afghanistan, and half also approve of the way he is handling national security issues.
However, only 45 percent of registered respondents agree with the way the president is dealing with the country’s economic problems.
Republicans may also find reason for optimism during this midterm election year, as the poll is just the latest to reveal that more Americans now say they would vote for the Republican candidate (39 percent) than the Democratic candidate (35 percent), if the House elections were held today. In September 2009, the Democrats led the Republicans, 43 percent to 30 percent, on this question.
Among other finds, the study uncovered a low level of optimism about the course the U.S. is on, with only one in three citizens (35 percent) believing the country is headed in the right direction.
And although most people cite the economy and personal finances as the most challenging problems their families currently face, an overwhelming 75 percent also agree that the healthcare system needs to be reformed.