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Poll: People see Obama as nice guy, so-so prez

By By NANCY BENAC and JENNIFER AGIESTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years into his presidency, the verdict on President Barack Obama is: nice guy, so-so president.

A new AP-GfK Poll finds that less than a 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. That's up 9 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.

Unemployment? Seventy percent think it will go higher or stay the same.

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