CBS NEWS POLLFor release: Thursday, August 26, 20106:30 PM EDT
THE ECONOMY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND THE PRESIDENT
August 20-24, 2010
Views of the economy remain bleak: 4 in 5 think it is bad, and now a third say it is gettingworse, an increase since last month. And while most think it will eventually recover,more than a third think it is in permanent decline.
Fewer than half of Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing,although that is up slightly since last month. Nearly as many disapprove.
Americans are divided as to whether the law should be changed so that babies born toillegal immigrants do not automatically become U.S. citizens. Most Republicans thinkthe law should be changed, while most Democrats think it should not.
CONTINUED PESSIMISM ABOUT THE ECONOMY
Americans are more pessimistic about the country’s economy than they were last month. 34%now say the economy is getting worse, up from 26% last month. Only 20% say the economy isgetting better.
Is the Economy Getting:
Now 7/2010Better 20% 25%Worse 34 26Same 44 48Americans’ overall rating of the economy has been stagnant this summer: eight in ten say it isbad, and that negativity hasn’t budged.
The U.S. Economy is…
Now 7/2010 6/2010 5/2010Good 17% 17% 22% 20%Bad 83 82 77 79A majority (75%) thinks the recession will continue another two years or more, similar to lastmonth.Americans’ long term views are more optimistic. Over one-third of Americans (37%) think thecurrent recession is part of a permanent decline in the U.S. economy, but more -- 59% -- thinkthings will eventually recover.
The U.S. Economy…
Will eventually recover 59%Is in permanent decline 37In pinning the blame for the country’s high unemployment rate, Americans are more apt tovolunteer that politicians generally are at fault. More blame the policies of the former PresidentBush than those of President Obama.