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May14cObama&Issues

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CBS NEWS POLL For release: Wednesday, May 21
st
, 2014 6:30 pm EDT The Economy, the President, and Issues Facing the Country
May 16-19, 2014
 43% of Americans think the condition of the economy is at least somewhat good
 –
 the highest rating so far during Barack
Obama’s presidency. 55% still think the economy is
at least somewhat bad.
 But
President Obama’s job rating remains stagnant at 43%, and more Americans
disapprove than approve of his handling of the economy, foreign policy, and health care.
 In the wake of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last month, most Americans - 59% - are in favor of the death penalty, though this is the lowest level of support recorded since CBS began asking the question in 1988.
 59% of Americans think the U.S. is doing enough to help track down the school girls
kidnapped in Nigeria, and 58% don’t think the conflict between Russia and
Ukraine is the
U.S.’s responsibility.
 
 Most Americans
 –
 54% - still disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, though just 21% think the health care system should go back to the way it was before the law was enacted.
The Condition of the Economy
In the wake of a positive jobs report in April, which showed a drop in the nation’s unemployment
rate,
 Americans’ views of the
economy have shown the first significant boost in over six years. 43% now think the economy is at least fairly good
 –
 a six point rise from March and the highest
rating of Barack Obama’s presidency. Still, 55% view the economy as at least somewhat bad,
including one in five who say it is very bad.
Condition of the Economy
Now 3/2014 5/2012 5/2010 2/2009 10/2007 Good 43% 37% 32% 20% 5% 50% Bad 55 61 67 79 94 49 More Americans now think the economy is improving: 30% think the economy is getting better while 26% think the economy is getting worse. These numbers were reversed in March. 42% think the economy is staying the same.
The Economy is Getting…
 
Now 3/2014 1/2014 5/2013 5/2012 5/2010 Better 30% 26% 31% 34% 36% 30% Worse 26 30 25 24 24 28 The same 42 44 43 42 39 42
 
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Personal concerns about unemployment remain. Six in 10 Americans are at least somewhat concerned that they or someone else in their household might be out of work and looking for a job in the next twelve months, including one in three who are very concerned.
Concern About Household Job Loss in the Next 12 Months
Total 1/2014 5/2013 Very concerned 35% 37% 32% Somewhat concerned 25 27 29 Not at all concerned 38 34 38  Americans differ as to what they consider the best measur 
e of the U.S. economy’s health
. 33% say the unemployment rate and jobs report is the best measure, followed by their own personal finances and those of people they know (27%), the price of goods and services they buy (26%), or the stock market (7%).
The Best Measure of the Economy
Total
Think the economy is getting…
 Respondents Better Worse Same The unemployment rate/jobs report 33% 43% 28% 30% Your own personal finances 27 24 28 29 Prices of goods and services 26 18 31 29 The stock market 7 10 6 6 Which economic measure people focus on may be related to views of the overall direction of the economy. Those who think the economy is getting better are more likely to think the best economic measure is the unemployment rate and the jobs report, while Americans who think the economy is getting worse or staying the same are more divided in what they use to evaluate the economy.
The President
’s Job Ratings
 
But improving views of the national economy have not translated into a rise in the President
’s job rating. President Obama’s
overall approval rating is now 43%, while 48% disapprove - similar to ratings he has received for most of this year. Mr. Obama has had a net disapproval rating since September 2013.
President Obama’s Job Rating
 
Now 3/2014 2/2014 1/2014 11/2013 9/2013  Approve 43% 43% 41% 46% 37% 43% Disapprove 48 50 51 47 57 49
Like his overall job rating, the President’s ratings on
specific issues are mostly static and more negative than positive. More Americans continue to disapprove than approve of his handling of health care, the economy, and foreign policy, and Americans are divided on his handling of the situation in Ukraine.
 
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President Obama’s Job Ratings on…
 
------------- Now -------------- --------- March 2013 ---------  Approve Disapprove Approve Disapprove Health care 43% 53 40% 56 Economy 42% 52 39% 56 Ukraine 40% 40 38% 46 Foreign policy 39% 48 36% 49 30% of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction while 62% think it is off on the wrong track, not much different than in March.
The Death Penalty
In the wake of the problematic execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma last month, support for the death penalty is just 59% in this poll, the lowest percentage found in CBS News polls since 1988, when the question was first asked. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support the death penalty.
Death Penalty for Those Convicted of Murder
Now
 
2/2013 5/2010 4/2002 5/2001 6/1997 9/1995 3/1990 10/1988 Favor 59% 64% 63% 66% 66% 67% 65% 72% 78% Oppose 33 27 26 24 24 25 21 20 14 Poll respondents were asked to volunteer the reason, in their own words, why they are in favor or opposed to the death penalty.
Why In Favor of Death Penalty: Why Opposed to Death Penalty:
Eye for an eye/deserve it 39% Person could be innocent 24%
It’s the right/just punishment
 19 Murder is wrong 22 Prison costs too much 15 Religious/ethical reasons 10 Deters murder 13 Govt. should not put people to death 8
Foreign Policy Issues: Nigeria
 Americans are following the news about the two hundred-plus Nigerian school girls kidnapped by the Islamic resistance group Boko Haram. 47% have heard or read a lot about the incident, and another 33% have heard or read some.
How Much Have You Heard or Read About the Kidnapped School Girls in Nigeria?
 A lot 47% Some 33 Not much 19 The United States has sent law enforcement and intelligence experts to assist Nigeria in the search for the kidnapped girls. Most Americans - 59% - think the U.S. is doing enough to assist Nigeria in the search for the kidnapped girls, though 26% think the U.S. should be doing more.

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