An overwhelming number of American voters say they like President Obama as a person but disapprove of most of his policies, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
The poll, which surveyed 2,518 registered voters nationwide from Nov. 9 to 16, found that Obama’s approach to health care reform is among the president’s most unpopular domestic priorities — with 53 percent saying they disapprove of his policy on health reform while 41 percent said they approve.
“Most Americans like President Barack Obama and might like to have a beer with him,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a press release Thursday. “But millions of voters who sided with him last November because they thought he would bring change to Washington aren’t crazy about the kind of change he is trying to bring.”
A similar Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found that Obama’s approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time nationally. The survey showed that 48 percent approve of Obama’s job performance while 42 percent disapprove.
Support for Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan has also slipped — with 49 percent saying they disliked his approach to the eight-year-old war and 38 percent saying they approved of it. The findings are a drop from last October when 42 percent favored his handling of Afghanistan while 40 percent disapproved.