While American voters consider the Obama administration successful on national security, a majority believes it has mostly failed at stimulating the economy and improving health care -- two areas the White House cites as major legislative accomplishments.
A FOX News poll released Thursday shows 55 percent of voters think the Obama administration has mostly succeeded on making the country safer.
Fifty-six percent of voters think the administration has mostly failed at creating new jobs, while 54 percent think it has failed to stimulate the economy.
Twenty-eight percent of Democrats agree that the administration has failed on creating jobs, and 24 percent think the failure extends to boosting the economy. Twenty-two believe the administration failed at health care.
Most voters think the economy is hurting, including 41 percent who say the country is currently in a recession. This was an improvement from two years ago when 55 percent thought- the US was in a recession. Forty-two percent say the country is in an economic downturn, but not a recession and 15 percent think the economy is doing moderately well.
Despite majority belief that the administration has made the country safer, views are about evenly divided on improving America's image around the world. Forty-eight percent say the Obama administration mostly succeeded and 44 percent say the opposite.
On US drone attacks targeting terrorists for assassination, 49 percent of voters think the president should be personally involved in those decisions, while 39 percent disagree and 12 percent are unsure.
Overall, President Barack Obama's job approval rating holds steady at 49 percent -- unchanged from last month.- Still, the poll finds nearly as many voters -- 45 percent -- disapprove of his performance.
The FOX News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 907 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from June 3 to June 5. -For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
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