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.