CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, February 12, 20137:00 am ET*Embargoed until Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 am ET*Heading into the State of the Union Address
February 6-10, 2013
As President Barack Obama prepares for the first State of the Union Address of his secondterm, 52% of Americans now approve of the job he is doing as President, while 38%disapprove.Mr. Obama’s approval rating has remained fairly constant over the past year, though it rose ashigh as 57% in December. Only 12% of Republicans approve; 86% of Democrats do. Justunder half of independents approve.
President Obama’s Job Rating
Now1/201312/20123/20122/2012 Approve52%51%57%41%50%Disapprove3841374743The President gets lower marks on his handling of the economy, a topic that will likely beaddressed in his speech. Fewer than half of Americans (45%) approve of how the President ishandling the economy, while more (49%) disapprove.On the other hand, the President enjoys particularly strong support for his handling of terrorism – 57% approve, while 31% disapprove.
President Obama’s Job Ratings
ApproveDisapproveTerrorism57%31Economy45%49The practice of using unmanned drone aircrafts to attack suspected terrorists in foreigncountries – a policy begun by the Bush Administration and expanded under President Obama –enjoys widespread and bipartisan support. Seven in 10 Americans favor using drones to attacksuspected terrorists abroad, including most Republicans, Democrats, and independents.
Drone Attacks Against Suspected Terroristsin Foreign Countries
TotalRepsDemsIndsFavor71%78%70%68%Oppose20131925 Americans also support a more controversial measure, although in smaller numbers. 49% of Americans favor the targeting and killing of U.S. citizens living abroad who are suspected of carrying out terrorist activities against the U.S.; 38% oppose that.