NEW YORK (AP) - Americans
think President Carter is an honest,
hard-working man, but they don't think
he has gotten much done as President.
That's the finding of the latest
Associated Press (AP)-NBC News poll,
taken this week.
MOREOVER, Carter's job rating has
plummeted once again, with
Americans' judgment of his perfor-
mance at levels touched only by
Richard Nixon among recent occupants
of the Oval Office.
Only 29 per cent of those questioned
said Carter has done a good or excellent
job in office, compared with 69 per cent
who rated his work as fair or poor. Two
per cent were undecided in the
telephone interviews conducted Mon-
day and Tuesday.
That is down four points since the last
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ratings drop, poll shows
AP-NBC News poll in March. Carter's first major foreign policy vic- sentiment that Carter has not done
A QUESTION similar to the AP-NBC tory - Senate approval of the Panama enough.
News wording has been asked in recent Canal treaties - and despite settlement While about two-thirds of the people
years by pollster Louis Harris. The of the coal strike and announcement of say that a President has the power to
current AP-NBC News rating on Carter his anti-inflation program. deal with inflation, only about a quarter
is lower than the lowest point found by About 80 per cent of the 1,600 adults of those interviewed said Carter is
Harris on either Lyndon Johnson or interviewed agreed with statements doing enough to fight inflation and 68
Gerald Ford. Only Nixon's 71-26 that Carter is honest and that he is per cent said he was not doing enough.
negative rating in March 1974 is lower hard-working. Only about 14 per cent Eight per cent were undecided.
than Carter's current rating. disagreed with either statement. People's trust in Carter to do what's
Asked about specific areas, the But 63 per cent disagreed with the right also has sunk in the last four mon-
public's rating of Carter dropped in statement: "As President, Jimmy Car- ths. Only 40 per cent now say they trust
foreign affairs, energy and the ter has shown that he can get things Carter to do the right thing at least
economy. done." Thirty-one per cent agreed with most of the time. That's down from 57
The poll was taken before the gover- the statement and six per cent were un- per cent in January.
nment released its latest finding of a decided. Those who say Carter can be trusted
major jump in wholesale prices and only some of the time or almost never
befole Carter began his fence-mending FIGHTING INFLATION was one now stands at 56 per cent, up from 40
tour to Western states. major area where the poll found public per cent.
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