A decisive majority of voters – at least 61 percent – said they do not believe President Barack Obama is honest about important matters, according to a new survey.
A Fox News poll found that 37 percent of voters think that Obama lies “most of the time” about important issues, while 24 percent said they believe the president lies “some of the time.”
The percentage of those who believe the president can be dishonest jumps even higher when including the 20 percent who believe Obama lies “only now and then.” Just 15 percent said they think the president “never” lies.
The survey was conducted among 1,012 registered voters across the country from April 13-15.
There has been a growing trust deficit with Obama regarding the health care law and his assertion that Americans could keep their insurance plans or their doctors – both of which turned out not to be the case across the board. Many Americans also strongly distrust the administration over the National Security Agency’s data gathering.
Though much smaller, some segments of Obama’s base still said they believe he lies “most of the time,” including 13 percent of Democrats, 12 percent of black voters, 16 percent of liberals, 31 percent of unmarried women and 34 percent of voters under the age of 30.
In some nominally good news for Obama, the Fox poll found his approval rating to be 42 percent, up from 40 percent last month.
He is nevertheless losing ground on personal likability, where he has generally been strong even as his job approval numbers dipped. The Fox poll found that 45 percent said they have a favorable opinion of Obama as a person, while 51 percent said they have an unfavorable view, numbers that flipped from one year ago, when another Fox poll found 52 percent had a favorable view of Obama as a person compared to 46 percent who had an unfavorable view.
Regarding potential 2016 White House contenders, 54 percent of voters said they believe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy, despite still looming questions over the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. “Bridgegate” appears to have taken a stiffer toll on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as just 41 percent believe the potential Republican candidate for president is honest and trustworthy. Meanwhile, 49 percent regard former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has honest.