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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Obama bringing needed change?

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

                     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

By Kyle Dropp  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Categories:  Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama | Tags:  Obama, election 2010, independents, needed change, news conference

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