Poll: Voters Want More Direct Answers From Obama

In the Whispers poll, voters were also irritated with Obama's use of a teleprompter.

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By Paul Bedard and Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

President Obama has taken a lot of flak from opponents for constantly using a teleprompter, but respondents in our most recent Whispers poll find another habit more annoying—when the president simply ignores the question that's been asked of him. Sixty-three percent said they disliked that practice the most. Coming in a distant second is the prez's use of the teleprompter, followed by those colorful interviews he does, like the one with NBC newsman Brian Williams. And although we in the media might grumble when the president chooses unknown reporters instead of the big shots at his press conferences, only 7 percent of respondents said they disliked that practice the most.

The Whispers Poll

President Obama has become a master communicator, especially at press conferences. But he's been criticized for some practices. Which do you dislike the most?

Ignoring the question in his answer63%Using a teleprompter for opening remarks18%Colorful interviews like his with NBC's Brian Williams12%Choosing unknown reporters over the big shots7%Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted June 26-30 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

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