Amer­i­cans’ Per­cep­tions On 8 Years Of Obama


Amid Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, Amer­i­cans are think­ing back about the na­tion’s progress un­der eight years of Barack Obama. Gallup re­cently conducted a poll to find out how peo­ple view Obama’s achieve­ments across sev­eral key pol­icy ar­eas. Back in May 2012, Obama be­came the first sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dent to pub­licly de­clare his sup­port for the le­gal­iza­tion of same-sex mar­riage, and the public over­whelm­ingly agrees that the sit­u­a­tion for gays and les­bians has made progress since he took of­fice.

Amer­i­cans also agree that en­ergy and the econ­omy have made more progress than de­cline un­der Obama, while opin­ion re­gard­ing the progress of health­care is starkly di­vided. When it comes to the is­sues where the na­tion lost ground, im­mi­gra­tion, crime and race re­la­tions stand out. A spate of po­lice shoot­ings of un­armed black men led to an ex­plo­sion of protests and anger on a scale not seen since the LA ri­ots of 1992. Con­sid­er­ing that tur­bu­lence, it comes as lit­tle sur­prise that many peo­ple see race re­la­tions as fal­ter­ing un­der Obama. A mere 25% of peo­ple think the racial sit­u­a­tion has moved for­ward, while 52% think the U.S. has lost ground.

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