Politics

CNN/ORC Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Believe Obama Can't Manage Federal Government

| by Khier Casino

In a new national poll released on Monday, only 40 percent of Americans deem President Barack Obama worthy of running the country efficiently.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey, the poll also found that 53 percent of the nation does not feel the president is honest or trustworthy.

Forty percent of the 843 American adults surveyed from Nov. 18-20 said Obama can manage the federal government effectively, which is a 12 percent decrease from June.

The poll reflected the technical problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

HealthCare.gov, the website where people can sign up for health insurance under Obamacare, has been plagued with ongoing problems since its launch on Oct. 1.

Huffington Post reported that insurance companies have canceled many existing insurance policies due to the law, even though Obama promised that no one would lose the health coverage they have now.

“A lot of attention has focused on the President’s numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama's approval rating this fall,” said Keating Holland, CNN polling director.

The ORC International survey carries a margin of error of 3.5 percent, the worst score for Obama during his five years in office in the nine personal characteristics tested in the poll.

CNN said that 56 percent don’t find Obama to be admirable, didn’t agree with him on key issues and he doesn’t inspire confidence. Fifty-three percent said they don’t view him as a strong and decisive leader.

However, a majority of the respondents said that Obama still has a vision for the future of the nation and cares about average Americans, and 70 percent say he is likeable.

In another poll conducted by ORC International, Obama’s job approval rating was 45 percent in September before the launch of the healthcare law. The approval rating is down to 41 percent, according to findings for the week of Nov. 11-17.