Washington (CNN) - Americans are generally optimistic about President Barack Obama's second term, but they also recognize that the country is deeply divided, according to a new national survey.
And a CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday also indicates that nearly a quarter of the public, including a majority of Republicans, hope that the president's policies fail.
Fifty-four percent of people surveyed say that Obama will be an outstanding or above average president in his second term, with 43% saying he'll be a poor or below average president.
"Those figures are roughly the same numbers that President George W. Bush received in CNN polling on the eve of his second inauguration in January 2005," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
According to the survey, three-quarters feel that the country is more deeply divided on major issues than it has been in the past several years.
"Given the number of Republicans who are rooting for Obama's policies to fail over the next four years, that's a pretty realistic view, adds Holland.
While overall seven in ten hope that the president's policies succeed, only four in ten Republicans feel that way, with 52% hoping that Obama will fail. Compare that to just four percent of Democrats and 28% of independents who want the president's policies to fail.
Overall, 54% of Americans say the president's policies will succeed, but only 27% of Republicans think they will succeed, with 65% forecasting that they'll fail. Only one in seven Democrats predict such failure for the president.
As for Congress, only 21% of those questioned say they approve of the job federal lawmakers are doing, with nearly eight in ten saying they disapprove. Four in ten approve of the job House Speaker John Boehner is doing, with 51% disapproving of the performance of the top Republican in the House.
The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International on Jan. 14-15, with 814 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
What a dumb poll. It's not a matter of whether or not you root for or against a person, it's a matter of whether you are for or against specific policies.
Any one that has brain says Obama is the best president exct NRA greed, color blind in 21st century with jealous.
I am hoping Obama is able to make our country a better place to live...
Congratulation President Obama! You did accomplish a lot in the last 4 years despite the opposition of the party of “NO”. Thank you for all you did and will do over the next 4 years. All the success in the world to you, President Obama!
For the DC GOP not to stand with the country on such an important day shows disrespect for the President, the administration (seen that often enough already) and also to all the people that participated in the democratic election process! Shame on them!
I guess the people who hope the president fails are unamerican. We the people of the United States should support our leaders. As a democrat I prayed daily for Mr Bush because I was smart enough to know his policies would effect me. I ask God to be with our current president as well. Only a fool would cut off his own nose. What a bunch of fools!
What's more un-American than wanting to see the President and the country fail? Thanks Republicans, for giving us another reason to despise you, even though we didn't need anymore reasons.
Absolutely pathetic that any American would hope the The President of the United States fails at his job. No wonder Washington is in gridlock.
How about a poll asking how many would like Tea Partiers and other libertarians to fail and just go away.
Notice CNN can't figure out what is congress? Did they poll Harry Reid, who has been in charge of the senate and not passed a budget in 4 years?
I hope for the best under President Obama . I have been disappointed, however in his presidency during his first term. Many of us voted for "change" which we thought would come under his leadership. Instead we saw a President who gave us more of the same, self-serving politics of Washington. We saw a President who ignored the promises he made to Main Street America –promises such as fighting for single payer health care, promises of protection of American citizens privacy, promises of cleaning up Wall Street and making Wall Street Bankers pay for nearing destroying this country and the financial well-being of Main Street America and the elderly.
This President, does not have to worry about his legacy in history. He has that–and that is he is our first black President. But that is it as far as legacy goes. He could have enhanced his legacy much more by fighting for the change he promised and the change that Main Street America was counting upon.
As mentioned earlier, I wish him the best but I am not counting on his changing his path during the next four years. He has proven over and over again during these last four years that his words do not match his actions.
"a majority of Republicans, hope that the president's policies fail."
It's one thing to say that you don't want the policies implemented. It's another thing entirely to say that you wish the policies would fail. Policies are implemented to provide solutions to problems. While we rarely agree on what is the correct solution, we should all want the problem to be solved. By definition, those who hope that the President's policies to fail also hope that America's problems continue. But I'm sure those same people view themselves as true Patriots, and the last defenders of the faith.
I am totally opposed to the president. He is bad for America.He wants to be a dictator, and he wants to FORCE people to accept HIS way, and no OTHER way.
He is a spendthrift, who either INTENDS to bankrupt the country, or is so INEPT, he simply can't grasp fiscal policy.
He is also trampling on the rights of the STATES in a manner not seen since Lincoln, when the Federal Government trampled on States rights to the point of causing the Civil War.
This is the WORST President in my lifetime, surpassing even Jimmy Carter, whose inept fiscal policies, took 20 yrs. to overcome.
Overcoming Obama's fiscal policies, will take at least 40 yrs, or more, even if it is even POSSIBLE to overcome them at all.
This country will continue to decline, long past Obama's terms as President, assuming that the country rebels at any attempt he makes to become a true dictator.........by military force..........which is entirely likely to happen, before the end of the second term.
It's not that they're Obama's views. It's that they're bad views. Why does the media keep mixing that up.
He can't do any worse than the man that preceded him. It (the economy, deficit, and nation) was already screwed up when he took office. And George w. Bush knows it. That's why he won't attend the inauguration on Sunday or Monday.
I am not sure about anyone else, but I for one don't want to see any President of mine fail,no matter the party, race, color or greed. If the President fails, them so do the people and the Nation.
I would like to know when and whom this poll was taken from? And you mentioned Bush, well what were the stats in republican verses democrats on that! I mean I know you guys lean way to the left but come on.
I'm a Pres.Obama backer and hope he puts congress,senate on notice saying no more obstructionism,no more partisanship,get with the program or else..It's time republicans do what they're paid well for,helping their constituents whether republican,democrate or independent,they're all Americans and they're sent to Washington to do a job,do it or else because its clear they're more worried about their work calendars as Cantor has been than sending emergency funds to Sandy victims..This has got to stop and stop now!!Either work together for a more bountiful America or go home,we're not taking any of your political BS anymore,you'll see at midterms we mean business and believe me the tea party ,political gerrymandering can't help you now,you've been warned and you can take that to the bank !!!!
Unless we as a country embrace optimism for our nation, we will fail. I'm not talking about a false optimism, but being able to see that we are a blessed country, unique in history, and able to advance causes of economic prosperity and peace. It must, however, begin with culture change with each individual American choosing to respect our differences, see them as strength, be willing to sacrifice for the overall good, and speaking out against those statements that falsely decry our nation as doomed. We can get through these tough times and come out better in the long run if we choose to because we are the United States of America.