CBS NEWS POLL For release: Wednesday, May 21
, 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.
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
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
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