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Majority of Americans view the Obama administration as incompetent

Pres. Obama and Vice President Biden during an event for the Council on Women and Girls on Wednesday
Pres. Obama and Vice President Biden during an event for the Council on Women and Girls on Wednesday
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The results of a new Quinnipiac University poll, released on Wednesday, reveal that a majority of Americans view Pres. Obama as incompetent.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said that Obama is incompetent, while 47 percent believe that he's not paying attention to what his administration is doing.

Obama's overall approval rating remains low, at 40 percent, according to the poll. He's also viewed negatively when it comes to his handling of several key issues, with the exception of handling terrorism.

"Negative 39 - 56 percent for his handling of the economy;

"Negative 36 - 59 percent for his handling of healthcare;

"Positive 48 - 41 percent for handling terrorism;

"Negative 40 - 49 percent for foreign policy;

"Negative 39 - 47 percent for handling Iran.”

While this poll gave specific reasons for why Obama has such a low approval rating, the president himself has another theory as to why he's so unpopular: racism.

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” Obama told David Remnick in an interview for the New Yorker that was posted online this past Sunday.

Remnick posted a follow-up of the interview on Thursday, featuring parts that didn't make it to the final article. This follow-up reveals that Obama also blames Rush Limbaugh and Fox News for his administration's troubles.

“Another way of putting it, I guess, is that the issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I’m not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I’m somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we’ve put in place worked better than people might think,” Obama said.

“And as long as there’s that gap between perceptions of me within the average Republican primary voter and the reality, it’s hard for folks like John Boehner to move too far in my direction.”

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