'More than half of Americans still trust Obama over handling critical issues'
More than half of Americans still believe in President Barack Obama's handling of the US economy, unemployment and other major issues despite losing the favorability that he enjoyed in 2008, a new poll has shown.
According to a Gallup Poll, only 33 percent of Americans believe Obama can reduce the nation's partisan rancor over the next four years, despite being down from 54 percent who thought he could in his first term.
A majority of 54 percent Americans trust Obama to creating a stronger economic recovery while 56 percent think he can reduce unemployment, Politico reports.
According to the report, there is even stronger faith in his national security abilities, with 65 percent thinking he will keep the United States safe from terrorism, and 72 percent believing that he can bring troops home from Afghanistan in a way that protects American interests, the poll showed.
Even as hopes are overall tempered compared to 2008, a 57 percent still expect him to protect the environment, despite being down from 70 percent four years ago.
On safely withdrawing from Afghanistan, Americans have substantially more faith then they did in 2008, as only 58 percent trusted Obama to do so then, the report said.