Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Following the political battle over the March 1 sequester spending cuts, President Obama's positive ratings for leadership have fallen back to pre-election levels, and more voters than ever regard him as too confrontational.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters now consider the president a good or excellent leader. That's down from 53% last month and 55% at the start of the year which were his highest positives since May 2009. Thirty-eight percent (38%) rate Obama as a poor leader. The new findings are more in line with the president's leadership ratings in 2012 prior to Election Day. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 8-9, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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