CBS News PollFor release: Tuesday, February 12, 20136:30 PM ETBefore the State of the Union Address
February 6-10, 2013
As he prepares to give his State of the Union address, President Obama receives publicsupport for many of his policies. Americans favor a combination of spending cuts andtaxes to tackle the deficit (59%); stricter guns laws (53%); a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children (74%); development of alternative energysources (68%) and drone strikes against suspected terrorists overseas (71%).
At the same time, fewer than half approve of the President's handling of the economy(the nation’s top problem) and 53% say he doesn't have a clear plan for solving thenation's problems.
President Obama faces skepticism that cooperation between Democrats andRepublicans will be any better this time around than it was in his first term. 58% expectit to be the same as it was, 22% expect less cooperation, and just 17% expect more.
The President and the Direction of the Country
As President Obama prepares for the first State of the Union Address of his second term, 52%of Americans approve of the job he is doing as President, while 38% disapprove. PresidentObama’s approval rating is similar to what it was last month.
President Obama’s Job Rating
Now1/201312/20123/20122/2012 Approve52%51%57%41%50%Disapprove3841374743The percentage that thinks the country is headed in the right direction has risen about 10percentage points since last summer to 40% today, and it is far higher than it was four yearsago. Still, a majority of Americans - 54% - think the country is off on the wrong track.
Direction of the Country
Now1/201310/20127/20122/2009Right direction40%38%40%30%23%Wrong track5457536468The President enjoys particularly strong support for his handling of terrorism (though a majorityof Republicans disapprove), and more Americans approve than disapprove of his handling of the war in Afghanistan, foreign policy, energy policy, and immigration.But slightly more Americans disapprove than approve of his handling of the economy and gunpolicy, and most disapprove of his handling of the federal budget deficit.