A new CNN/ORC poll finds that most Americans don’t rate Barack Obama’s management skills very highly. The president, whose adviser Valerie Jarrett is known to have said is too smart for the presidency and who is known to believe that he is better than all of his political specialists at their jobs, only gets marked up on management by about 40% of Americans. Botching the rollout of his signature legislative achievement will do that.
A majority, 53%, believe that Barack Obama is dishonest. Lying about healthcare, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc etc will do that.
According to the survey, conducted last Monday through Wednesday, 40% say the President can manage the government effectively. That 40% figure is down 12 percentage points from June and is the worst score Obama received among the nine personal characteristics tested in the new poll.
“A lot of attention has focused on the President’s numbers on honesty in new polling the past three weeks, but it looks like the recent controversy over Obamacare has had a bigger impact on his status as an effective manager of the government, and that may be what is really driving the drop in Obama’s approval rating this fall,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.
Does being an effective manager count more than honesty?
“Just ask Bill Clinton, whose overall approval ratings remained high during and after the Monica Lewinsky scandal because three-quarters of all Americans thought he could get things done, even though only about one in five said he was honest,” Holland added.
56% also say Obama is not someone they admire, and the same percentage say that he disagrees with them on major issues, and that he does not inspire confidence. 53% also say that he is not a strong and decisive leader.
On the bright side, 70% view Obama as likable enough.
He still has the unwavering support of Chris Matthews and the Juicebox Mafia. That would be a good name for a bad band.