The Washington Times - December 17, 2012, 08:42AM

A Fox News year-end poll finds that a hefty majority of American voters are noting changes in the nation: 61 percent of U.S. voters are concerned that Obama administration policies “will move the country toward socialism”; 89 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats agree with that.

Another 42 percent of voters overall expect President Obama to be considered a great or good president; 7 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats agree.

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“Something partisans agree on is that the media favored Obama over Mitt Romney in their election coverage: 51 percent of independents, 52 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans think Obama was given preferential treatment by most journalists and reporters,” Fox News analyst Dana Blanton said.

“All in all, 60 percent of voters think Obama was the preferred candidate, while 24 percent say Romney. Meanwhile, 44 percent of voters think Obama’s been acting ‘humble and bi-partisan’ since winning re-election, while 39 percent say he’s been ‘arrogant and uncooperative.’ Most Democrats think Obama’s been humble — 74 percent — while most Republicans say he’s been arrogant — 69 percent,” she added.

Among other findings:

• 38 percent overall expect Mr. Obama to be considered below average, or “one of the worst presidents”; 73 percent of Republicans and 5 percent of Democrats agree.

• 42 percent overall say that 2012 was a “good” year; 28 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

• 41 percent say 2012 was a “bad” year; 57 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats agree.

The Fox News survey of 1,012 registered U.S. voters was conducted Dec. 9-11.