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Marist College Institute for Public Opinion

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Four in Ten with High Expectations For Obamas Second Term Approval Rating at 50%
*** Complete Tables for Poll Appended *** For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Contact: Lee M. Miringoff Barbara L. Carvalho Mary E. Azzoli

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845.575.5050 This McClatchy-Marist Poll Reports: Looking ahead to President Barack Obamas second term in office, 40% of registered voters nationally expect his second go around to be better than his first term. 30% think it will be about the same while 28% believe it will be worse. Two percent are unsure. Expectations for President Obamas second term divide along party lines; Democrats are optimistic and Republicans are not, says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. But, a majority of Democrats, Republicans, and independents believe the president is going to have more of a say than Congress in his second term. While nearly three in four Democrats nationally -- 73% -- believe the presidents second term will trump his first, independent voters temper their expectations. Four in ten independents - 40% -- think it will be about the same as the last four years while 32% say it will be better. Not surprisingly, a majority of Republicans -- 59% -- report President Obamas second term will be worse than his first four years in office. When it comes to the presidents overall job performance, half of U.S. registered voters -50% -- approve of how he is doing in office while 44% disapprove. Six percent are unsure. This matches his approval rating just prior to his re-election, the highest rating he had achieved in more than three years. In October of 2009, 53% of voters gave the president high marks. 41% thought his performance fell short, and 6% were unsure. When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in July of 2012, voters divided. 47% approved of how the president was doing his job while 47% disapproved. Six percent were unsure.

But, do voters think well of the president? 53% have a favorable view of President Obama while 44% have an unfavorable impression of him. Three percent are unsure. In July, 49% of voters had a positive view of the president while 46% had an unfavorable one. Five percent, at the time, were unsure. Majority Approves of Obamas Handling of Foreign PolicyDisapproves on Economy 51% of registered voters approve of how President Obama is addressing foreign policy. 42% disapprove, and 7% are unsure. Little has changed on this question since McClatchyMarist last reported it in March. At that time, 50% gave the president a thumbs-up, 45% said he fell short, and 5% were unsure. On the economy, its a different story. 44% of registered voters nationally approve of how the president is dealing with the economy while a majority -- 52% -- disapproves. Four percent are unsure. This is little changed from March when 46% gave the president high marks on the economy. 51%, then, believed he missed the mark, and 3% were unsure. When it comes to the future of the U.S. economy, a majority of Americans -- 53% -- think the worst of the nations economic conditions are still to come while 42% say the worst is over. Five percent are unsure. In McClatchy-Marists March survey, 45% of adults nationally thought more bad economic news was ahead while 49% thought the nation had turned the economic corner. Six percent, then, were unsure. On the personal side, 40% of American adults believe their financial situation will be about the same in the next year. 32%, however, think they will be worse off while 27% say they will be better off. In December of 2008, 50% of Americans expected there to be little change in their economic situation in the coming year. This compares with 26% who thought they would be better off and 24% who said they would be worse off. Obama in the Drivers Seat, Say Nearly Two-Thirds 65% of registered voters nationally believe President Obama will have more of an influence over the direction of the nation in the next two years than the Republicans in Congress. However, about one in four -- 26% -- thinks the Republicans in Congress will hold sway while 3% report both will have an equal amount of influence. Six percent are unsure. 77% of Democrats and 61% of independents believe the president will have more input. Even a majority of Republicans -- 56% -- say the same. Do Americans believe the nation is moving in the right or wrong direction? Well, it depends. Overall, a majority -- 55% -- thinks the nation is on the wrong path while 40% say it is on the

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right one. Five percent are unsure. This is little changed from McClatchy-Marists March survey when 53% said the country was off course. 43%, then, thought the nation was on the right track, and 4% were unsure. But, in the current survey, 70% of Democrats are positive about the countrys trajectory compared with only 9% of Republicans and 35% of independents who share this view. Political Environment Conducive to Compromise? When it comes to the degree of compromise voters expect from the president and the Republicans in Congress over the next four years, 45% think it will be about the same as it has been. 35% believe they will compromise more while 17% say they will be less willing to bend. Two percent are unsure. While 54% of Democrats report there will be greater compromise, Republicans and independent voters are not as optimistic. Half of Republicans -- 50% -- and 51% of independents say the amount of compromise will change little from the first term. Both Democrats and Republicans Go Too Far, Say PluralitiesCongressional Approval Ratings Low 46% of registered voters nationally believe the Republican Party is too conservative. 32% believe its ideologically about right while 15% say it is too liberal. Seven percent are unsure. When it comes to the Democratic Party, 47% of voters believe it is too liberal. 41% say the partys ideology is about right, 8% think they are too conservative. Five percent are unsure. Voters remain dissatisfied with the job performance of the Republicans in Congress. 67% disapprove of how they are doing while 26% approve. Seven percent are unsure. When McClatchy-Marist last reported this question in March of 2012, 62% thought the job performance of the GOP in Congress was subpar while 31% approved of their performance. Eight percent were unsure. Looking at the Democrats in Congress, 58% say the job they are doing currently falls short. 35% approve of how they are doing, and 7% are unsure. Six months ago, 59% gave the Democrats in Congress low marks while 34% approved of their job performance. Seven percent, then, were unsure.

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How the Survey was Conducted

Nature of the Sample: McClatchy-Marist National Poll of 1,246 Adults This survey of 1,246 adults was conducted December 4th through December 6th, 2012. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in the continental United States were interviewed by telephone. Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the nation. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each region was represented in proportion to its population. To increase coverage, this landline sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined and balanced to reflect the 2010 census results for age, gender, income, race, and region. Results are statistically significant within 2.8 percentage points. There are 1,091 registered voters. The results for this subset are statistically significant within 3.0 percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.

Nature of the Sample National Adults Col % National Adults National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Other Party Identification Strong Democrats Not strong Democrats Democratic leaning independents Just Independents Republican leaning independents Not strong Republicans Strong Republicans Other Political Ideology Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal Gender Age Age Men Women Under 45 45 or older 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Race White African American Latino Other Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Marital Status Interview T ype Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate Married Not married Landline Cell Phone 100% 88% n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 49% 51% 37% 63% 17% 20% 32% 32% 70% 11% 12% 6% 18% 22% 37% 23% 50% 50% 62% 38% 53% 47% 74% 26% 100% 34% 27% 37% 1% 21% 13% 14% 8% 15% 10% 18% 1% 14% 28% 37% 15% 6% 48% 52% 32% 68% 13% 19% 34% 34% 73% 11% 11% 5% 18% 22% 37% 23% 48% 52% 60% 40% 55% 45% 77% 23% National Registered Voters Col %

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Adults. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, 2012, N=1246 MOE +/- 2.8 percentage points. National Registered Voters: N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. T otals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

National Registered Voters Do you think President Barack Obama's second term will be better than the first, worse than the first, or about the same as the first term? Better Worse About the same Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 40% 73% 12% 32% 80% 60% 28% 15% 6% 71% 45% 20% 44% 42% 39% 38% 45% 38% 41% 39% 33% 77% 48% 50% 38% 38% 41% 43% 40% 36% 44% 33% 49% 38% 47% Row % 28% 4% 59% 26% 2% 4% 22% 45% 71% 2% 17% 52% 24% 31% 29% 27% 25% 30% 27% 30% 32% 4% 22% 14% 26% 32% 30% 21% 31% 32% 24% 35% 19% 31% 17% Row % 30% 22% 29% 40% 18% 34% 44% 39% 23% 27% 37% 28% 30% 27% 31% 33% 29% 32% 30% 31% 33% 14% 31% 34% 36% 29% 27% 35% 28% 31% 30% 31% 29% 29% 35% Row % 2% 1% 0% 2% 0% 2% 6% 0% 0% 0% 2% 0% 3% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 4% 0% 2% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 2% 2% 1%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president? Approve Disapprove Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 50% 86% 13% 46% 95% 79% 40% 17% 6% 87% 58% 22% 55% 50% 46% 51% 54% 47% 49% 50% 42% 87% 59% 56% 49% 50% 47% 52% 49% 45% 54% 40% 62% 48% 56% Row % 44% 10% 82% 45% 3% 13% 45% 76% 92% 7% 34% 73% 36% 44% 47% 45% 41% 47% 44% 44% 52% 6% 33% 32% 45% 43% 49% 40% 46% 50% 39% 53% 32% 48% 32% Row % 6% 4% 5% 9% 2% 8% 15% 8% 2% 6% 8% 6% 10% 6% 7% 3% 6% 7% 6% 6% 6% 6% 9% 12% 5% 7% 4% 8% 5% 5% 7% 7% 6% 4% 12%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president? Approve Row% December 2012 November 2012 July 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 April 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 23, 2010 October 28, 2010 October 8, 2010 September 22, 2010 June 30, 2010 March 31, 2010 February 8, 2010 December 8, 2009 October 14, 2009 August 12, 2009 June 8, 2009 April 27, 2009 April 8, 2009 50% 50% 47% 48% 43% 39% 44% 45% 44% 48% 42% 45% 48% 43% 45% 44% 46% 44% 46% 53% 55% 56% 55% 56% Disapprove Row % 44% 46% 47% 47% 50% 52% 46% 47% 49% 43% 50% 48% 43% 50% 50% 45% 43% 47% 44% 41% 35% 32% 31% 30% Unsure Row% 6% 4% 6% 5% 7% 9% 10% 8% 6% 9% 8% 7% 9% 7% 5% 11% 11% 9% 10% 6% 10% 12% 14% 14%

Marist Poll National Registered Voters

National Registered Voters Overall, do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Barack Obama? Favorable National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 53% 89% 15% 48% 96% 82% 42% 22% 7% 89% 65% 24% 63% 55% 49% 49% 55% 52% 52% 54% 45% 86% 62% 66% 47% 53% 51% 55% 52% 48% 57% 45% 62% 50% 61% Unfavorable Row % 44% 10% 82% 47% 3% 15% 46% 75% 91% 9% 32% 73% 35% 43% 47% 48% 41% 46% 45% 43% 52% 10% 35% 32% 48% 45% 46% 41% 45% 49% 40% 52% 34% 48% 33% Unsure-Never Heard Row % 3% 1% 3% 5% 1% 3% 12% 3% 1% 2% 3% 3% 2% 2% 4% 3% 4% 2% 3% 3% 3% 4% 3% 3% 5% 2% 3% 4% 3% 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 6%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

Registered Voters Overall, do you have a favorable or an unfavorable impression of Barack Obama?

Favorable Row % December 2012 July 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 April 2011 January 2011 November 23, 2010 October 28, 2010 October 8, 2010 September 22, 2010 June 30, 2010 March 31, 2010 February 8, 2010 December 8, 2009 Marist Poll National Registered Voters 53% 49% 50% 47% 46% 52% 50% 48% 53% 47% 54% 50% 49% 50% 53% 50% 55%

Unfavorable Row % 44% 46% 46% 49% 48% 41% 44% 48% 40% 49% 41% 47% 48% 43% 41% 44% 41%

Unsure-Never Heard Row % 3% 3% 3% 4% 5% 8% 6% 5% 8% 4% 5% 3% 3% 7% 6% 6% 4%

National Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy? Approve Disapprove Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 51% 84% 19% 45% 94% 74% 40% 25% 9% 85% 60% 25% 58% 48% 51% 48% 52% 51% 49% 54% 44% 80% 61% 60% 49% 51% 48% 53% 49% 48% 53% 42% 62% 49% 58% Row % 42% 11% 74% 46% 5% 19% 39% 67% 88% 10% 32% 69% 37% 43% 43% 45% 40% 44% 43% 42% 49% 14% 34% 32% 43% 44% 45% 38% 44% 45% 40% 52% 31% 47% 29% Row % 7% 4% 7% 8% 2% 7% 21% 7% 3% 5% 8% 6% 5% 9% 6% 6% 8% 5% 9% 4% 7% 6% 4% 8% 8% 5% 7% 8% 6% 6% 7% 6% 8% 5% 13%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?

Approve Row % December 2012 March 2012 November 2011 April 2011 November 2010 June 2009 April 2009 51% 50% 49% 46% 44% 54% 55%

Disapprove Row % 42% 45% 45% 48% 47% 32% 24%

Unsure Row % 7% 5% 6% 6% 9% 14% 21%

Marist Poll National Registered Voters

National Registered Voters Who do you think will have more influence over the direction the nation takes in the next two years: The Republicans in Congress President Obama Both equally Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 26% 17% 36% 28% 11% 27% 20% 34% 34% 18% 27% 29% 30% 25% 28% 21% 27% 26% 27% 25% 28% 16% 27% 29% 38% 24% 21% 34% 22% 26% 26% 25% 27% 26% 27% Row % 65% 77% 56% 61% 86% 64% 59% 56% 58% 74% 64% 62% 64% 64% 65% 68% 64% 67% 64% 67% 63% 80% 69% 68% 52% 69% 68% 59% 68% 67% 64% 66% 65% 65% 65% Row % 3% 1% 4% 3% 0% 1% 5% 4% 4% 1% 3% 3% 2% 4% 3% 2% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 1% 2% 1% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2% 3% 3% 1% Row % 6% 6% 5% 8% 3% 8% 16% 6% 4% 7% 6% 6% 4% 8% 5% 9% 6% 6% 6% 6% 7% 4% 2% 1% 7% 6% 8% 5% 7% 4% 8% 7% 5% 6% 7%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Registered Voters Over the next four years, do you think that President Obama and the Congressional Republicans will compromise more, less, or about the same amount as they did in the the past four years? More Less About the same Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 35% 54% 23% 28% 53% 48% 15% 26% 19% 48% 42% 23% 39% 32% 35% 36% 36% 36% 32% 41% 31% 49% 48% 39% 38% 36% 33% 38% 35% 33% 37% 33% 38% 33% 41% Row % 17% 8% 25% 19% 7% 9% 29% 19% 31% 8% 14% 25% 18% 16% 16% 21% 17% 17% 17% 16% 18% 7% 20% 14% 17% 17% 17% 16% 17% 19% 16% 19% 16% 18% 15% Row % 45% 35% 50% 51% 38% 41% 52% 53% 48% 43% 43% 49% 41% 51% 48% 38% 44% 46% 49% 41% 49% 38% 32% 46% 44% 45% 46% 45% 46% 46% 44% 46% 43% 46% 43% Row % 2% 3% 1% 2% 2% 2% 4% 2% 2% 0% 1% 3% 2% 2% 2% 4% 2% 1% 2% 2% 2% 6% 1% 0% 2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% 2% 2%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Registered Voters Do you think the Republican Party is too liberal, too conservative, or about right? Too liberal Too conservative About right Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 15% 13% 20% 13% 9% 12% 15% 19% 19% 5% 9% 26% 8% 19% 15% 16% 17% 14% 17% 12% 16% 16% 11% 17% 13% 16% 14% 15% 15% 19% 11% 16% 14% 15% 17% Row % 46% 67% 16% 51% 75% 63% 39% 31% 13% 79% 62% 18% 53% 45% 43% 47% 43% 50% 39% 58% 45% 55% 41% 39% 48% 47% 46% 44% 47% 43% 49% 45% 48% 45% 50% Row % 32% 14% 60% 28% 10% 19% 27% 43% 66% 12% 23% 49% 31% 34% 33% 29% 31% 32% 36% 26% 33% 19% 41% 40% 32% 31% 30% 35% 31% 34% 30% 34% 29% 33% 28% Row % 7% 7% 5% 8% 6% 6% 19% 6% 2% 4% 6% 7% 8% 2% 9% 8% 10% 3% 9% 4% 7% 9% 7% 4% 7% 6% 9% 6% 7% 4% 9% 5% 9% 7% 6%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Registered Voters Do you think the Democratic Party is too liberal, too conservative, or about right? Too liberal Too conservative About right Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 47% 13% 86% 49% 8% 21% 40% 78% 93% 13% 40% 72% 37% 46% 49% 53% 40% 53% 44% 51% 53% 12% 45% 33% 49% 51% 47% 43% 49% 53% 41% 57% 34% 50% 37% Row % 8% 10% 5% 8% 8% 11% 8% 8% 2% 9% 7% 7% 6% 10% 7% 7% 8% 7% 9% 6% 7% 11% 8% 15% 7% 5% 7% 10% 6% 9% 6% 5% 11% 6% 13% Row % 41% 72% 8% 36% 81% 60% 36% 12% 5% 72% 47% 18% 51% 42% 38% 35% 46% 37% 41% 40% 35% 72% 43% 51% 37% 38% 40% 42% 39% 35% 46% 33% 49% 39% 44% Row % 5% 5% 2% 6% 3% 8% 15% 3% 0% 6% 5% 3% 6% 2% 6% 5% 7% 3% 6% 3% 5% 6% 3% 1% 7% 5% 6% 5% 5% 3% 6% 4% 6% 5% 6%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Republicans in Congress are doing in office? Approve Disapprove Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 26% 10% 53% 20% 6% 15% 8% 32% 65% 12% 17% 41% 19% 28% 28% 24% 23% 27% 27% 24% 28% 14% 17% 26% 33% 24% 24% 30% 24% 26% 25% 31% 19% 27% 22% Row % 67% 84% 39% 72% 91% 77% 72% 60% 29% 85% 74% 51% 73% 63% 65% 68% 69% 66% 65% 71% 65% 80% 74% 57% 59% 71% 71% 58% 71% 67% 67% 63% 72% 67% 67% Row % 7% 6% 8% 8% 3% 8% 19% 8% 6% 2% 9% 8% 8% 9% 6% 7% 8% 7% 9% 5% 8% 6% 9% 17% 8% 5% 6% 12% 6% 7% 8% 6% 9% 6% 11%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Republicans in Congress are doing in office? Approve Row % December 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 April 2011 26% 31% 23% 26% 27% 27% 30% Disapprove Row % 67% 62% 70% 67% 62% 63% 63% Unsure Row % 7% 8% 7% 8% 11% 10% 7%

Marist Poll National Registered Voters

National Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Democrats in Congress are doing in office? Approve Disapprove Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 35% 70% 7% 24% 81% 52% 10% 8% 4% 70% 37% 13% 35% 38% 33% 34% 40% 31% 36% 32% 28% 67% 45% 48% 28% 35% 33% 36% 34% 30% 39% 27% 44% 32% 43% Row % 58% 25% 89% 64% 16% 39% 59% 86% 94% 26% 53% 79% 57% 55% 60% 58% 52% 62% 56% 61% 65% 25% 48% 33% 62% 60% 62% 50% 61% 61% 55% 67% 46% 62% 43% Row % 7% 5% 4% 12% 2% 9% 32% 6% 2% 4% 9% 7% 8% 7% 7% 8% 8% 6% 9% 6% 7% 8% 7% 19% 10% 5% 5% 14% 5% 9% 6% 6% 10% 5% 14%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Democrats in Congress are doing in office? Approve Row % December 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 April 2011 Marist Poll National Registered Voters 35% 34% 28% 30% 35% 30% 34% Disapprove Row % 58% 59% 65% 63% 55% 60% 60% Unsure Row % 7% 7% 7% 7% 11% 10% 6%

National Adults In general, thinking about the way things are going in the country, do you feel things are going in the right direction or that things are going in the wrong direction? Right direction Wrong direction Unsure National Adults National Registered Voters Party Identification^ Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology^ Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 40% 39% 70% 9% 35% 78% 63% 23% 13% 5% 69% 47% 17% 45% 39% 38% 40% 41% 40% 39% 42% 32% 76% 50% 49% 34% 42% 39% 41% 40% 38% 42% 35% 47% 38% 45% Row % 55% 56% 24% 90% 60% 16% 30% 70% 85% 95% 26% 48% 80% 50% 54% 58% 55% 53% 56% 55% 55% 65% 20% 43% 42% 62% 55% 58% 53% 56% 57% 53% 61% 48% 58% 47% Row % 5% 4% 6% 1% 5% 5% 7% 7% 2% 0% 6% 4% 2% 5% 7% 3% 5% 5% 3% 6% 3% 4% 4% 7% 8% 4% 3% 4% 6% 3% 5% 5% 4% 5% 4% 8%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Adults. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1246 MOE +/- 2.8 percentage points. ^National Registered Voters: N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Adults In general, thinking about the way things are going in the country, do you feel things are going in the right direction or that things are going in the wrong direction?

Right direction Row % December 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 April 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 23, 2010 October 28, 2010 September 22, 2010 July 6, 2010 March 31, 2010 February 8, 2010 December 8, 2009 October 14, 2009 August 12, 2009 June 8, 2009 April 27, 2009 April 15, 2009 November 2007 May 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 February 2006 October 2005 May 2005 February 2005 October 21, 2004 October 07, 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 April 2004 March 2004 November 2003 April 2003 January 2003 October 2002 April 2002 January 2002 March 2001 January 2001 Marist Poll National Adults 40% 43% 25% 22% 21% 32% 31% 41% 34% 41% 38% 41% 37% 43% 38% 46% 47% 50% 50% 44% 49% 23% 26% 29% 31% 33% 34% 31% 38% 47% 42% 39% 38% 40% 37% 43% 43% 45% 55% 42% 45% 60% 60% 41% 56%

Wrong direction Row % 55% 53% 70% 73% 70% 59% 64% 47% 58% 53% 52% 56% 56% 53% 54% 46% 47% 42% 40% 44% 40% 67% 65% 63% 60% 58% 61% 62% 56% 48% 55% 53% 52% 48% 52% 51% 52% 48% 34% 48% 46% 32% 30% 44% 32%

Unsure Row % 5% 4% 4% 5% 10% 9% 5% 12% 8% 6% 10% 3% 7% 4% 8% 8% 6% 8% 10% 12% 11% 10% 9% 8% 9% 9% 5% 7% 6% 5% 3% 8% 10% 12% 11% 6% 5% 7% 11% 10% 9% 8% 10% 15% 12%

National Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling the economy? Approve Disapprove Unsure National Registered Voters Party Identification Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 44% 80% 9% 38% 90% 69% 28% 14% 4% 75% 51% 21% 48% 42% 41% 48% 46% 43% 43% 45% 36% 88% 51% 45% 39% 46% 44% 41% 45% 41% 47% 38% 51% 42% 49% Row % 52% 17% 90% 56% 9% 25% 59% 84% 96% 20% 44% 77% 48% 54% 55% 49% 50% 55% 52% 52% 60% 9% 47% 51% 57% 50% 53% 55% 51% 55% 50% 58% 45% 54% 46% Row % 4% 3% 2% 6% 1% 6% 13% 3% 0% 5% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 3% 4% 2% 5% 3% 4% 2% 2% 4% 4% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3% 5%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Registered Voters. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1091 MOE +/3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

Registered Voters Do you approve or disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling the economy? Approve Row % December 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 June 2011 April 2011 January 2011 November 23, 2010 September 21, 2010 June 30, 2010 March 31, 2010 December 8, 2009 October 14, 2009 August 12, 2009 June 8, 2009 April 8, 2009 44% 46% 36% 33% 37% 40% 44% 42% 41% 46% 46% 45% 48% 52% 53% 54% Disapprove Row % 52% 51% 59% 61% 58% 57% 48% 55% 56% 48% 49% 51% 47% 41% 41% 37% Unsure Row % 4% 3% 4% 6% 5% 3% 8% 4% 3% 6% 5% 4% 5% 7% 6% 9%

Marist Poll National Registered Voters

National Adults When thinking about the U.S. economy, which statement comes closer to your view: The worst is yet to The worst is behind come us Unsure National Adults National Registered Voters Party Identification^ Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology^ Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 53% 53% 21% 84% 60% 13% 32% 70% 79% 90% 21% 45% 78% 48% 54% 56% 54% 56% 50% 56% 48% 58% 28% 54% 52% 56% 52% 53% 54% 53% 57% 50% 57% 50% 55% 49% Row % 42% 42% 72% 13% 37% 79% 63% 25% 19% 8% 72% 51% 19% 49% 43% 39% 39% 39% 46% 38% 47% 38% 62% 41% 46% 37% 44% 41% 41% 42% 39% 44% 38% 46% 40% 46% Row % 5% 5% 7% 3% 4% 8% 5% 6% 2% 1% 7% 4% 3% 3% 4% 5% 8% 5% 4% 5% 4% 4% 10% 5% 2% 7% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 6% 5% 5% 5% 5%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Adults. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1246 MOE +/- 2.8 percentage points. ^National Registered Voters: N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.

National Adults When thinking about the U.S. economy, which statement comes closer to your view: T he worst is yet to come Row % December 2012 March 2012 November 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 April 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 29, 2010 October 28, 2010 October 8, 2010 September 21, 2010 Marist Poll National Adults 53% 45% 53% 61% 68% 53% 57% 39% 53% 51% 47% 50% 52% T he worst is behind us Row % 42% 49% 41% 35% 27% 42% 39% 54% 39% 45% 45% 46% 44% Unsure Row % 5% 6% 5% 3% 6% 6% 4% 7% 8% 5% 8% 4% 4%

National Adults In the coming year, do you feel you will be economically better off, about the same, or worse off than you are now? Better off About the same Worse off National Adults National Registered Voters Party Identification^ Democrat Republican Independent Party Identification* Strong Democrats Soft Democrats Just Independents Soft Republicans Strong Republicans Political Ideology^ Very liberal-Liberal Moderate Conservative-Very conservative Region Northeast Midwest South West Household Income Education Race Less than $50,000 $50,000 or more Not college graduate College graduate White African American Latino Age 18 to 29 30 to 44 45 to 59 60 or older Age Gender Marital Status Interview Type Under 45 45 or older Men Women Married Not married Landline Cell Phone Row % 27% 25% 46% 7% 20% 46% 42% 11% 8% 6% 40% 30% 13% 21% 27% 31% 27% 28% 28% 28% 25% 18% 58% 49% 49% 32% 23% 17% 40% 20% 30% 25% 21% 35% 24% 37% Row % 40% 41% 44% 38% 43% 46% 46% 48% 41% 29% 51% 43% 35% 49% 40% 36% 41% 38% 43% 39% 43% 43% 35% 34% 39% 43% 39% 41% 41% 40% 39% 42% 42% 39% 39% 44% Row % 32% 34% 11% 55% 36% 8% 12% 41% 51% 65% 9% 28% 52% 29% 33% 33% 33% 34% 29% 33% 31% 40% 7% 17% 12% 26% 38% 42% 19% 40% 32% 33% 37% 27% 37% 19%

McClatchy-Marist Poll National Adults. Interviews conducted December 4th through December 6th, N=1246 MOE +/- 2.8 percentage points. ^National Registered Voters: N=1091 MOE +/- 3.0 percentage points. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. *Soft Democrats include registered voters who identify as "not strong Democrats" or Democratic leaning independents. Soft Republicans include those registered voters who identify as "not strong Republicans" or Republican leaning independents.