Failure and success for Obama: Poll offers clues
December 23rd, 2013
11:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Failure and success for Obama: Poll offers clues

(CNN) – Is it President Barack Obama's biggest failure or achievement?

The Affordable Care Act aims to help millions of Americans, many of them poor, obtain health insurance. But one poll released on Monday indicates a popular split on how it should be viewed so far.

Thirty-six percent of respondents in the Gallup survey pointed to Obamacare as the biggest failure of Obama's presidency, while 22 percent believe it's his greatest achievement.

Not surprisingly, the politically polarizing program that had a rocky rollout this fall was the top plus for Democrats and the biggest negative for Republicans in the survey on issues that so far shape Obama’s legacy.

Also noteworthy: a third of respondents overall either said Obama had no single defining accomplishment or offered no opinion.

Moreover, issues around the economy and jobs combined were muted in the survey, viewed as either a noteworthy achievement, 5 percent, or failure, 6 percent, in Obama’s first five years in office.

Following the Affordable Care Act, 9 percent of Americans thought acrimony with Congress has been the President’s biggest failure, while getting troops home from Afghanistan was his next biggest overall success at 7 percent.

The survey was conducted from December 5-8 among 1,031 adults with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Larry in Houston

    """Dow Jones way up... why recite what most sentient folks already know.
    He's done a very good job with the big lobbyists, the circumstances he walked into, and the Republicans stacked against him.
    Well done Mr. President, very well done! """

    I'm sure you know by now that I'm definitely NOT in Love with Obama.....that being said, and coming from an Independent – I had NO other Choice – – other than to Vote for him – – – now Why do I say that ? when you have a choice for Dumb or Dumber, or the Least of the 2 evils, or smart, and not as smart, or stupid, or more stupid, – – – I think you get my drift

    December 23, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. TONE

    The failures that Cnn should be talking about are the republicans, can anyone tell me what the gop has accomplished in five years?

    December 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Old And Healthy.

    Another day another poll. Merry Christmas everyone.

    December 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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