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Obama State of the Union

Obama State of the Union

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Published by: CBS_News on Feb 12, 2013
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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.
Killing U.S. Citizens AbroadSuspected of Terrorist Activities
TotalRepsDemsIndsFavor49%58%48%45%Oppose38313943Looking ahead, Americans are not especially optimistic that there will be more cooperationbetween Republicans and Democrats in the next four years than there was during thePresident’s first term. Just 17% think there will be more cooperation, 22% say less, and 58%say cooperation will be about the same as it was during the last four years.
Cooperation Between Dems and Reps in Second Term
 _______________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted by telephone from February 6-10, 2013 among 1,148 adults nationwide. Phonenumbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to samplingfor results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the NationalCouncil on Public Polls.

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