Five years into his presidency, the verdict on President Obama is he's nice guy and a so-so president. A new AP-GfK poll indicates less than one third of Americans consider Obama to be an above-average president, but nearly twice as many find him likable.
The January poll finds the president's personal image to be on the rebound after taking a hit during the government shutdown late last year. Fifty-eight percent now size him up as very or somewhat likable, up nine percentage points from October, just after the shutdown.
Yet people are still largely pessimistic about the country's direction, down on the condition of the economy and doubtful it will bounce back anytime soon. As for unemployment, 70 percent think it will go higher or stay the same.