According to a recently released USA Today/Gallup poll, President Obama is heading into a second term facing a weary and pessimistic public. By a margin of 50 to 47 percent, respondents said the country’s best years are over.

That pessimism and negativity extends to the president, according to the poll.
When respondents were asked to choose adjectives to describe their feelings about the president’s re-election, the poll showed the excitement and pride many Americans felt about the president’s first term has diminished.

As it stands, the poll, taken December 14th through the 17th, shows only 23 percent of Americans are actually satisfied with the direction of the country under Obama’s leadership. The president’s approval rating, however, hovered at the 50 percent threshold in the USA Today/Gallup survey. This is 1 percentage point above George W. Bush as he headed into his second term, but below the 58 percent rating held by Bill Clinton and 59 percent held by Ronald Reagan.
The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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