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AP-GfK poll: Public admiration of Obama drops

Americans’ perceptions of President Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds.

A clear majority of adults, 56 percent, say “honest” does not describe Obama well, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll. That’s worse than his 52 percent rating in an October poll.

The latest poll finds 41 percent think the president is decisive, 44 percent see him as strong and 45 percent call him inspiring.

Republicans pounded Obama this fall for repeatedly saying Americans could keep their existing insurance plans under his new health law. That turned out to be untrue in many cases, and Republicans said it proved Obama can’t be trusted.

As for Obama’s overall approval rating, 58 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing, while 42 percent approve. Disapproval of his handling of several specific issues hovers near 60 percent. They include the economy, federal budget deficit and unemployment.

The president’s weak ratings on these character and competency questions could make it harder for him to nudge a sharply divided Congress toward his goals in his final three years in office.

Americans hold Congress in even lower regard. Congressional approval is 13 percent.

The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Dec. 5-9 using KnowledgePanel, GfK’s probability-based online panel. It involved online interviews with 1,367 adults. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents.

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