While American voters consider the Obama administration successful on national security, majorities say 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.
More than half of voters think the administration has mostly failed at creating new jobs (56 percent), stimulating the economy (54 percent) and improving health care (52 percent).
Roughly a quarter of Democrats agree that the administration has failed on creating jobs (28 percent), boosting the economy (24 percent) and improving health care (22 percent).
Most voters think the economy is hurting, including 41 percent who say the country is currently in a recession. This is an improvement from two years ago when 55 percent thought so. Forty-two percent say the country is in an economic downturn, but not a recession and 15 percent think the economy is doing okay.
Despite majority belief that the administration has made the country safer, views are about evenly divided on improving America’s image around the world: 48 percent say the Obama administration mostly succeeded and 44 percent say the opposite.
On U.S. 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.
More generally, 37 percent voters think the United States is less respected around the world today than it was four years ago, 29 percent say more respected and 32 percent say it’s unchanged.