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Americans give Obama mixed report card on his first year

Americans are split on whether Barack Obama’s first year as president has been a success, a new national poll finds.

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Americans are split on whether Barack Obama’s first year as president has been a success, a new national poll finds.

Some 45 percent of those surveyed in a nationwide Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday said the president’s first year was a success, and an equal percentage thought it had been a failure.

“He is getting a passing grade, but the report card is not that good that his mother is going to put it up on the refrigerator,” says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Americans are split and that is not surprising; they were split about George Bush, they were split about Bill Clinton.”

In other findings, the new Quinnipiac survey found that only 45 percent of voters approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing. That is in line with the average of major polls maintained by the Real Clear Politics website, which shows an average 47.6 percent approval rating versus a 45.8 percent disapproval score.

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