At his news conference this morning, President Obama expressed frustration about not being "able to create a greater spirit of cooperation in Washington." It's a complaint shared by most Americans.
Fewer today say the commander-in-chief has brought needed change than at any time in his presidency, according to the new Post-ABC poll. Overall, 44 percent say he has brought needed change. 53 percent, a new high, disagree.
Six months ago, the split was reversed, with 54 percent saying the president had brought needed change to the nation's capital. And in the heady days leading up to his inauguration, a full 76 percent said they expected him to deliver such a shift.
In the past six months, Obama has lost support on this question across the electorate. In March, 60 percent of women said Obama had brought needed change to Washington, compared with 47 percent today. He has seen similar drops on this question among Democrats, independents and college graduates.
Q.Thinking about President Obama, please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not: He has brought needed change to Washignton.
Percent saying yes
March Now 2010 Change All respondents 44% 54% -10 Males 41 48 -7 Females 47 60 -13 Whites 35 47 -12 Non-whites 69 81 -12 Democrats 73 85 -12 Independents 36 45 -9 Republicans 23 26 -3 Lib Dems 73 83 -10 Mod/Cons Dems 71 86 -15 College grad 40 53 -13