At 5 Years, US Thinks Obama's a Great Guy, Meh Prez
Public also unhappy with our system of government
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 23, 2014 9:18 AM CST
President Barack Obama shakes hands as he leaves the East Room of the White House, Jan. 22, 2014.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Americans like Barack Obama—they're just not totally sold on President Obama. In a new AP-GfK poll, less than a third of respondents said Obama had been an above-average president, even though 58% found him likeable. "He would probably be a guy I would like to hang out with if he wasn't president," says one independent. "But I like a lot of people who are not qualified to be president." The finding dovetails with a Quinnipiac poll out yesterday that found that just 42% of Americans said that the Obama administration "has been competent in running the government," a detail highlighted by Politico.

Obama's numbers are falling mainly among Democrats, and liberals in particular, the AP poll found. "People are getting disheartened," said one Democratic respondent. "He needs to show more leadership." The poll also found that less than half of Americans considered Obama decisive or honest, and that voters were generally pessimistic about the direction of the country. That latter fact might be why a Gallup poll yesterday found that a record 65% are dissatisfied with "our system of government and how well it works."

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Jan 25, 2014 12:56 AM CST
YIKE! if this xx777***(###) is a "great guy" YIKE! FUBO! FUBAR! oh right the muslims think he is a VERY GREAT GUY! right up there with al and mo!
Jan 24, 2014 7:21 AM CST
My God! Are people really that stupid? He is a proven criminal, trying to destroy our whole country & way of life! We would be far better off without him or any of his gang manipulating everything we have. He is trying his damndest to destroy our Constitution an rule of law that he constantly violates! HE IS A CRIMINAL!
Jan 23, 2014 9:26 PM CST
thank you Mr President for your accomplishments,,,,We only wish somehow that Boehner and His Bozos would have helped you more instead of trying to destroy America,,,,