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44% Give Obama Positive Marks On Leadership

Voter perceptions of President Obama’s leadership skills remain relatively stable.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 44% view the president as a good or excellent leader while 36% rate his leadership as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Those figures are little changed from a month ago when 46% said good or excellent and 34% said poor.  Two weeks prior to the Osama bin Laden killing, the president’s ratings in this area were a bit lower. 

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 June 18-19, 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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