Poll: Americans Favor Obama's Image More Than His Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25:  U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Boston today for campaign events.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Poll: Americans Favor Obama's Image More Than His Leadership

As President Obama prepares for his State of the Union address Tuesday, Americans find his image more likeable but his leadership to be somewhat fair in strength, according to a recent AP-GfK poll.

Published January 23, 2014

When President Obama makes his State of the Union address Tuesday, he will face an American public who sees his image as more likeable, but his leadership as fair, according to a new AP-GfK poll.

The survey found that one-third of Americans consider Obama an above-average president, while 58 percent find him likeable. People are largely pessimistic about the future of the country's direction, particularly on issues of unemployment and Obama's handling of the federal government. Seventy percent of Americans think the unemployment rate will rise or stay the same.

Overall, Obama's approval rating has remained steady, with 45 percent approving him and 53 percent saying they don't, according to the poll conducted Jan. 17 to Jan. 21 with 1,060 adults. Also, only 14 percent of Americans approve of how Congress is handling its job.

The Associated Press reports

The ranks of those who believe he’s been outstanding or above average have edged down 6 points since just after Obama’s re-election in November 2012, reflecting slippage in how he’s viewed by Democrats, particularly liberals.

And while Obama’s likability numbers have recovered somewhat, doubts about his decisiveness and honesty persist. More than half of Americans wouldn’t describe him as decisive or honest. Fifty-two percent don’t find him particularly inspiring.

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