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Obama Gets Better Marks on National Security Than The Economy

Thursday, November 11, 2010

While voters tend to disapprove of the way President Obama is dealing with the country's economic problems, they remain more positive about his handling of foreign policy. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the president’s handling of economic issues as poor.  Thirty-nine percent (39%) give him good or excellent ratings in this area.  These findings have remained fairly consistent since early November 2009.

At the same time, 46% give the president good or excellent marks on his handling of national security. Thirty-two percent (32%) say the president is doing a poor job in this area.  These findings have shown little fluctuation since regular tracking on this question began in early November 2008.

Confidence in America’s safety from terrorism ties the highest level found in 2010, but the number who believe the United States is safer today than it was before 9/11 remains below 50% for the 21st  straight month.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on November 7-8, 2010 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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