Maybe the other half isn’t paying attention?
Americans are more likely to say his presidency has been a failure than a success, 50%-44%. His favorable rating is 50%, higher than the GOP presidential contenders but lower than every nominee in the past five presidential contests at this point except Republican Bob Dole, who lost in 1996. A 51% majority say Obama is too liberal, and Americans are inclined to say they disagree with him on the issues that matter most to them.
The same poll finds that while Republican voters would prefer a candidate who isn’t in the race, they’re more enthusiastic to vote than Democrats are.