Poll: Fewer Americans think Obama can get things done

A new survey finds that faith in the president's effectiveness has dropped since the election

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 9, 2013 8:38PM (EDT)

A new survey by Pew Research finds that fewer Americans believe in President Obama's ability to effectively legislate than did right after the election.

From Pew:

As Obama works toward advancing his second-term agenda, the public is divided over whether he is someone who is able to get things done (49%) or not (46%). Views of Obama’s effectiveness have declined since shortly after his re-election, when more saw him as effective (57%) than did not (37%).

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed did say that the president stands up for what he believes in, and 67 percent said he fights to get his policies passed.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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