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The Thrill Is Gone: Obama Approval In A “Nosedive”

A “Brutal” New CNN/ORC Poll Shows That Obama’s Approval Numbers For His Personal Attributes Are In A “Nosedive.” CNN’s KATE BOLDUAN: “A new CNN/ORC poll just released this hour shows public view of President Obama is down over the last six months, when it comes to personal traits, such as honesty, strength of leadership and government management. So how bad is it and what does this mean for him? CNN political analyst and executive editor of the Daily Beast Jon Avlon is joining us to talk more about this. And I want to throw out some of these poll numbers just so people get a sense of what we are talking about this. I mean really when you look at the public perception of the president in these personal qualities, they really are taking a hit. Honesty and truthworthy taking a a hit. Is he an effective manager?, taking a hit. Can he do anything to change that?” THE DAILY BEAST’s JOHN AVLON: “Look, first of all, these are brutal polls, and you see this is the cost of the healthcare.gov scandal, going at the president’s core personal attributes. He has been seen, whether you likes politics or not, as someone who’s honest, likeable, trustworthy. But when all of a sudden when that constant campaign promise, ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it,’ it’s proven not to be right, when all of a sudden that hard fought health care plan isn’t working as advertised, and Washington is as dysfunctional as ever, those attributes are going down and that is a really tough nose dive to turn out of.” (CNN’s “New Day,” 11/25/13)

“Only Four Out Of 10 Americans Believe President Barack Obama Can Manage The Federal Government Effectively, According To A New National Poll.” (“President’s Marks As Manager Take Hit In New CNN/ORC Poll,” CNN’s Political Ticker, 11/25/13)

“53% Of Americans Now Believe That Obama Is Not Honest And Trustworthy, The First Time That A Clear Majority In CNN Polling Has Felt That Way.” “And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way.” (“President’s Marks As Manager Take Hit In New CNN/ORC Poll,” CNN’s Political Ticker, 11/25/13)

Only 40 Percent Of Americans Say Obama Can Manage The Government Effectively, “The Worst Score Obama Received Among The Nine Personal Characteristics Tested.” “According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.” (“President’s Marks As Manager Take Hit In New CNN/ORC Poll,” CNN’s Political Ticker, 11/25/13)

56 Percent Of Americans Say Obama Does Not Inspire Confidence, While 53 Percent Don’t View Him As A Strong And Effective Leader. “Obama’s woes are not limited to honesty and his managerial skills. Fifty-six percent say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues. Fifty-six percent also say he does not inspire confidence, and 53% don’t view him as a strong and decisive leader. All of those figures are all-time records for Obama in CNN polling.” (“President’s Marks As Manager Take Hit In New CNN/ORC Poll,” CNN’s Political Ticker, 11/25/13)

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland Said “Obamacare Has Had A Bigger Impact On His Status As An Effective Manager Of The Government.” “‘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,’ CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. ‘It’s clear that views of Obama as a person – once his strong suit – have taken a hit in October and throughout 2013,’ said Holland.” (“President’s Marks As Manager Take Hit In New CNN/ORC Poll,” CNN’s Political Ticker, 11/25/13)