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Poll: How Would You Rate Obama’s Second-Term Performance?

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being very poor and 10 being outstanding), how would you rate Obama's handling of his second term so far?


Average: 5.0


1-3: 22 percent
4-6: 55 percent
7-10: 23 percent


"[We're] lucky voters aren't asking for a recount of the vote."


"He has totally ignored the economy and jobs. Making guns and immigration the cornerstones of his program was not a good start."

"Not irrelevant, but not much of a leader, either."

"Obama's second term so far brings to mind President Eisenhower's comment when asked to name Vice President Nixon's accomplishments, 'Give me a minute and I will think of something.' "



"He's struggling, but at least he is not Romney."

"Too many unforced errors. Lucky the Republicans are so politically inept."

"Lost his footing over a series of media-driven scandals, but is now standing tall on immigration and climate change, issues that play well with the vast majority of Americans."

"He's viewed as allowing events to shape our destiny rather than striking a bold, leadership role. He can arrest this slide and perhaps turn it around, but five months into a 48-month term, it already seems late."

"The desire to negotiate has hampered the ability to position. We need more of a jobs message."

"White House is reactive and tactical rather than being focused on a broadly thematic second-term agenda."


"He has run up against the obstructionist wall of the Republican House again. Nothing you can do about that."

"The big scandals have blown over, and now the House drops the ball on the farm bill. Obama looks pretty good by comparison."


On a scale of 1-10 (1 being very poor and 10 being outstanding), how would you rate Obama's handling of his second term so far?


Average: 2.5

1-3: 89 percent
4-6: 11 percent
7-10: 0 percent


"Some developments are arguably not his fault, but the second term has been largely a disaster thus far. Even progress on immigration has been in spite of Obama, not because of him."

"He has no control of his agenda; events are enveloping him, and his demeanor shows it."

"Mired in scandal, the economy continues to sputter along and Obama appears out of touch both at home and abroad."

"Increasingly, Obama looks like a bystander in his own presidency."

"He lost the gun debate and found himself in the midst of four scandals simultaneously. This is a classic Year 5 disaster. Only thing working for him is the economy, ... and now first-quarter growth has been downgraded."

"No vision, no little accomplishments, and festering scandals. Even Nixon took a year and half before he went south."

"Follows the George W. Bush pattern so far. Biggest unknown: Does latest Fed pullback burst the economic bubble benefiting Obama?"

"Slo-mo train wreck. It's what happens when you run a totally negative reelection [campaign] without any fresh policy agenda."

"I always try to give the executive the benefit of the doubt regardless of party, but I am hard-pressed to think of one thing this president has handled appropriately."

"Economy not as huge a drag, but everything else (sequester, scandals, etc.) working against him. However, making Republicans cry uncle on immigration could solve a lot of woes."


"At least he's shut up on immigration reform, making it easier for Republicans to come around instead of polarizing the debate."

"Too soon to say for sure, but if he keeps it up he will go down from here."

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Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

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