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


Jillian Rayfield
May 10, 2013 12:38AM (UTC)

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.

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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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