A new sheaf of opinion polls show Americans sharply divided on President Barack Obama’s first year in office, as his ratings on key issues like health care and the economy hit new lows.
Polling also suggests independent voters are turning away from Obama as he nears the anniversary of his January 20 inauguration — though in a sign of hope for his administration, he remains more popular than his policies.
In a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, US voters were split 45-45 on whether Obama’s first year was a success or failure.
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In the Quinnipiac poll, there was a narrow margin among respondents, 35-37 percent on whether the United States would have been better off had Obama’s Republican opponent John McCain won last year’s election.
McCain ran run of the worst campaigns in recent history, and yet, people in the poll are almost evenly split on whether he would have been the better choice. Calling Barack Obama “popular” in light of these findings would have been like calling Telly Savalas hirsute.