A majority (59%) still thinks the country is on the wrong track. The percentage that says it is onthe right track has risen to 35%, up from 29% a month ago and the highest in a year.
Direction of the Country
Now 1/9/12 12/2011 10/2011 9/2011 2/2011Right direction 35% 29% 25% 21% 19% 36%Wrong track 59 65 69 74 73 58
President Obama’s Approval Ratings
At 50%, President Obama’s approval rating is now the highest it has been since the killing ofOsama bin Laden last May.
President Obama’s Overall Job Rating
Now 1/2012 12/2011 11/2011 5/2011 1/2011Approve 50% 47% 47% 43% 57% 49%Disapprove 43 45 44 47 37 39More Americans still disapprove than approve of the President’s handling of the economy, buthe has improved some on this measure in the last few months.
President Obama: Approval of Handling of Economy
Now 1/2012 11/2011 6/2011 1/2011Approve 44% 40% 34% 37% 41%Disapprove 50 54 60 56 52Evaluations of the President on handling job creation and the deficit also remain net negative,but approval of his handling of job creation is now 41%, up from 35% in December.
President Obama: Approval of Handling of Economic Issues
Approve DisapproveJob creation 41% 52Deficit 32% 5942% of voters now think the President has made real progress fixing the economy, up from 33%earlier this year and 28% in December.
Has President Obama Made Real Progress Fixing the Economy?
(among registered voters)Now 1/2012 12/2011Yes 42% 33% 28%No 54 62 67
Looking Ahead to the General Election
The economy dominates as the issue voters most want to hear the presidential candidatesdiscuss – and many political observers say the economic situation will play a critical role inwhether or not the President is re-elected.For the first time, Barack Obama now has a clear advantage against all four of the majorRepublican candidates. When voters are asked who they would vote for if the presidentialelection were held today, Obama enjoys a six point lead over Mitt Romney, an eight point lead