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Mar13b Politics Budget Guns

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CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Tuesday, March 26, 20136:30 pm EDTAmericans' Views on Washington, the President, & the Budget Deficit
March 20-24, 2013
 As gridlock in the nation’s capital continues, most Americans are not happy about theway things are going in Washington, including 30% who are angry – the highest in theCBS News Poll.
 At 45%, President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating is below 50% for the first timesince he was reelected. His ratings on specific issues (including the economy) are alsodown from last month.
Most Americans want to cut spending and raise taxes to reduce the deficit, but arestrongly opposed to cuts in Social Security (79%) and Medicare (80%). Two-thirds areunwilling to have their own taxes raised in the name of deficit reduction.
On gun policy, there continues to be broad support for universal background checks(90% favor), but the public is divided on banning semi-automatic weapons.
Dissatisfaction with Washington & Direction of the Country
 Amid the debate over the federal budget and the failure to come to an agreement to avoid thesequester, eight in 10 Americans are unhappy with how things are going in Washington,including 30% who are angry, up nine points since December and the highest level of anger recorded since the question was first asked in 2010.Dissatisfaction with Washington cuts across party lines, but Republicans and independents aremore likely than Democrats to say they are angry.
How do You Feel About Things in Washington?
Now12/20127/20115/20112/2010Enthusiastic 2% 3% 3% 1% 3%Satisfied1619142226Dissatisfied5054515453 Angry3021281917In addition, the percentage of Americans who say the country is headed in the right direction(32%) is down eight points since early February. That number had been inching up recently butis now back to where it was last summer. Nearly nine in 10 Republicans think the country is onthe wrong track; among Democrats, 60% say it is headed in the right direction.
Direction of the Country
Now2/20131/201310/20128/20124/2012Right direction32%40%38%39%31%31%Wrong track615457546261
 
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The President and Congress
 As anger toward Washington has risen, President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating hastaken a bit of a hit. 45% of Americans now approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as President,down from 52% last month. His approval rating is similar to what it was last summer.While the President’s approval rating has been above 50% since his reelection, throughoutmuch of 2012 it hovered just below the 50% mark.
President Obama’s Job Rating
Now2/20131/201312/201210/20127/2012 Approve45%52%51%57%49%44%Disapprove463841374246 As has been the case, most Democrats approve of job the President is doing, while mostRepublicans disapprove. But Mr. Obama’s overall rating among independents is more negativenow compared to last month.
President Obama’s Job Rating – Party ID
-------- Now --------------- 2/2013 -------RepsDemsIndsRepsDemsInds Approve 9%80%38%12%86%48%Disapprove83125082 837The President’s approval ratings on some key issues have slipped since last month as well. Just39% of Americans now approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling the economy -- the public’stop concern – down from 45%.
President Obama’s Approval Ratings on Issues
Now2/2013Foreign policy43%48%Taxes42%45%Economy39%45%Budget deficit33%37%Last week, Mr. Obama made his first visit to Israel since taking office. 44% of Americans saythey approve of how President Obama is handling relations with Israel, while 33% disapprove.Nearly a quarter don’t have an opinion.
President Obama’s Handling of Relations with Israel
TotalRepsDemsInds Approve44%22%65%41%Disapprove33581334Dont know23202225While the President’s approval rating may have dropped some, Congress’ approval remainsnear an historic low -- only 11% approve. Negative ratings of Congress are found amongDemocrats, Republicans and independents.
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