Gallup: Belief Obama's 'Honest and Trustworthy' Hits All-Time Low

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 13, 2013 | 2:01pm EST

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( - The belief among the American people that President Barack Obama is "honest and trustworthy" has hit an all-time low, according to a Gallup poll released today.

Nonetheless, 50 percent of those surveyed by Gallup do believe the president of the United States is an honest and trustworthy man.

Forty-seven percent do not.

Also hitting or matching all-time lows, according to Gallup, are the beliefs that Obama has a clear plan for solving the countries problems, that he can manage the government effectively, that he understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives, and that he is a strong and decisive leader.

On seven occasions, starting when Obama was running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Gallup has asked poll respondents: "Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama. How about is honest and trustworthy?"

The first time Gallup asked the question--from March 14-16, 2008--63 percent said "honest and trustworthy" are characteristics that apply to Obama and 29 percent said they did not.

In its most recent asking of  the question--in a survey conducted Nov. 7-10, 2013--50 percent said the terms "honest and trustworthy" applied to Obama and 47 percent said they did not.

That was the lowest percentage that ever told Gallup the terms "honest and trustworthy" applied to Obama and the highest percentage that ever said they did not.

In a survey conducted Sept. 5-8, 2013, 55 percent had said the terms "honest and trustworthy" apply to Obama and 42 percent said they did not.

In both the Nov. 7-10 survey and the Sept. 5-8 survey, 3 percent said they had no opinion of whether the terms "honest and trustworthy" applied to Obama.

In the same Nov. 7-10 Gallup survey, 38 percent said they believed Obama "has a clear plan for solving the country's problems." That percentage matched the all-time lows for that question that Obama achieved in Gallup surveys conducted June 20-24 and Sept. 5-8 of this year. The belief that Obama did have a clear plan for solving the country's problems peaked at 51 percent in the Gallup survey conducted Oct. 10-12, 2008--the month before Obama was elected president.

Also in the same survey, 47 percent said that the phrase "Is a strong and decisive leader" applies to Obama, while 51 percent said that it did not. That was the lowest percentage that ever told Gallup they believed Obama was "strong and decisive." The belief that Obama was "strong and decisive" peaked at 73 percent in a survey Gallup conducted on April 20-21, 2009.

Similarly, the belief that Obama "can manage the government effectively" hit an all-time low of 42 percent in the Nov. 7-10 Gallup survey.The belief Obama could manage the government effectively hit a peak of 66 percent in the Gallup poll conducted April 20-21, 2009--just three months into Obama's first term.

Fifty-four percent of those polled by Gallup in its Nov. 7-10 survey said they believed Obama "understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives." Still, that was an all-time low also, down from a peak of 73 percent who told Gallup they believed Obama had this characteristic when they were polled on Oct. 10-12, 2008--before Obama was elected.

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