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Pew poll: Americans want next president to change Obama's policies

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Almost two-thirds of Americans want the next president to offer a change from the policies of President Obama, according to a new Pew poll out Monday.

The results show Obama's in a second-term slump nearly as deep as that experience by former President George W. Bush, and are likely to be bad news for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or any other possible Democratic contender in 2016.

The April 23-27 survey of 1,501 adults nationwide found that 65 percent wanted the next president to have different programs or policies from those of the Obama administration, versus 30 percent who wanted similar ones.

Seventy percent of those asked a similar question in April 2006 said they wanted different programs or policies from those of the Bush administration in the next president, with only 23 percent preferring similar ones.

Voter desire for change was one of the big reasons why Obama won the White House in the 2008 election over GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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