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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Failure, Dissatisfaction, Anger

Aaron Blake reports at The Washington Post:
A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama's tenure to be a "failure," according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.
The poll shows Americans say 52-42 that Obama has been more of a failure than a success. Among registered voters, the gap is even bigger -- at 55-39 -- with four in 10 (41 percent) saying they "strongly" believe Obama has been a failure.
Those saying Obama has been a failure include one in four Democrats (25 percent), nearly three in 10 liberals (29 percent) and the vast, vast majority of conservative Republicans (92 percent). Nearly one in five liberals (18 percent) say they feel "strongly" that Obama has been a failure.
Adam O'Neal writes at RealClearPolitics:
Only 1 percent of Americans are "enthusiastic" about how the federal government works, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey. Seventy-four percent of voters indicated that they are either dissatisfied or angry, and 23 percent are "satisfied but not enthusiastic."
The discontent appears to stem from deep disillusionment with the president and Congress.
Forty-two percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, and he receives low marks on key issues. Clear majorities disapprove of his handling of the economy, international affairs, immigration, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

About one out of three Americans think the country is “generally going in the right direction.” Two-thirds say it has “gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track” -- an ominous sign for a president in power for nearly six years.