January 17, 2010

AND THAT'S DESPITE BENEFITING FROM A PEACE AND A RECOVERY HE HAD LITTLE TO DO WITH:

Poll shows growing disappointment, polarization over Obama's performance (Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta, 1/17/10, Washington Post)

Nearly half of all Americans say Obama is not delivering on his major campaign promises, and a narrow majority have just some or no confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country's future.

More than a third see the president as falling short of their expectations, about double the proportion saying so at the 100-day mark of Obama's presidency in April. At the time, 63 percent said the president had accomplished a "great deal" or a "good amount." Now, the portion saying so has dropped to 47 percent.

Republicans are particularly critical of Obama's efforts in general and on big domestic and foreign issues. Just 20 percent of Republicans approve of his overall job performance, compared with 87 percent of Democrats. That partisan gap is bigger than any that Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan ever faced among the general public. It's about on par with divergent ratings of George W. Bush across his second term.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2010 4:05 PM
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