Most Americans are disappointed in Barack Obama, a CBS News/New York Times poll finds.
According to the results of the survey, conducted Feb. 19-23 and released on Wednesday, 59 percent of Americans said the president did not live up to their expectations, while 40 percent said they were satisfied. That’s a decline from August 2012, when the same poll showed 47 percent of Americans disappointed and 52 percent not.
And while much of the anti-Obama sentiment is attributed to Republicans — 91 percent say they are disappointed in Obama — nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Democrats say they are at least somewhat disappointed in the president, the poll found.
Meanwhile, Obama has seen disapproval among independents grow since August 2012, when 27 percent said they were very disappointed in him; the new poll reveals 40 percent of independents are very disappointed and 60 percent at least somewhat.
The president’s overall approval rating is falling, too. The survey put Obama’s approval rating at 41 percent — a dip of 5 points from last month. Obama’s disapproval rating — 51 percent — is up 4 points from January. Those numbers aren’t quite as bad for Obama as they were in November, when his approval rating stood at 37 percent, disapproval at 57 percent.
When it comes to America’s dissatisfaction with government, Obama is not alone. The new poll showed just 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, while 80 percent disapprove.