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46% Rate Obama’s Leadership Style As Good or Excellent

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Positive ratings for President Obama’s leadership are at their highest level since January, but one-in-four voters still gives him poor marks in this area. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 46% rate the president’s leadership as good or excellent, including 25% who say he is an excellent leader. Thirty-four percent (34%) see Obama’s leadership as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Positive marks for the President are up six points from last month, two weeks prior to the killing of Osama bin Laden. At that time, nearly the same number of voters (38%) gave the president poor marks for his leadership as those who gave him good or excellent marks (40%). The latest findings are more in line with the president’s ratings over the past two years. When he first took office, 64% gave Obama good or excellent marks for leadership. Those positives fell into the 40s by July 2009 and have generally remained in that range ever since.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 19-20, 2011 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.


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