WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A poll of Americans found that less than half of the nation views President Barack Obama as a “strong and decisive leader.”
The number – 47 percent – marks a six-point percentage drop from September of this year. And according to Gallup, the figure also represents a first in Obama’s presidency.
The amount of Americans that see the president as “honest and trustworthy” has also decreased, the survey revealed.
“Exactly half of Americans still consider Obama honest and trustworthy, but this is down from 55 percent in September and 60 percent in mid-2012 as Obama was heading toward re-election,” a release on the survey’s findings additionally noted.
One major issue – the technical glitches plaguing the online marketplace tied to the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature healthcare reform law – has been coupled with pressure from many in politics and beyond to fix the program itself. Recently, former President Bill Clinton said in an interview that Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the law.
Clinton says Obama should “honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
The former president, who has helped Obama promote the 3-year-old health law, becomes the latest in Obama’s party to urge the president to live up to a promise he made repeatedly, declaring that the if Americans liked their health care coverage, they would be able to keep it under the new law.
Instead, millions of Americans have started receiving insurance cancellation letters. That, coupled with the troubled launch of the health care law’s enrollment website, has prompted Republican critics and frustrated Democrats to seek corrections in the law.
Privacy and security issues have also plagued the presidency in recent weeks, following multiple revelations on the practices of the National Security Agency in regards to domestic and international instances of spying and information leaks.
Gallup conducted their most recent survey on the matter between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 of this year. A reported 1,039 American adults were selected at random to participate.
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