Americans Moving On as Most Say Obama's Done

It's not just the media that's calling President Barack Obama a lame duck.

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President Obama walking off stage.

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It's not just the media that's calling President Barack Obama a lame duck. Americans think that as well.

A national poll by the Pew Research Center conducted after last week's midterm election shows just 6 percent think Obama will accomplish a great deal of what he would like to do in the remaining two years of his presidency, while 33 percent say he will accomplish some of it. Most—59 percent—say he'll be able to accomplish not much or nothing.

That's about the same as what the public thought after the "thumping" former President George W. Bush took in the 2006 midterms. After that election, 57 percent thought Bush would get little or nothing done in his remaining two years. One silver lining for the White House: Obama’s job rating is higher than Bush’s was following the 2006 midterm election (43 percent vs. 32 percent).

 
 
Pew Research Center

 Pew surveyed 1,353 people by phone Nov. 6-9 with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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