May 26, 2010 - Obama Approval Tips Positive For First Time This Year, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Approve Of Kagan Supreme Court Pick

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American voters approve 48 - 43 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, up from a negative 44 - 46 percent April 21, the first time since December that more voters give him a thumbs up rather than thumbs down, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But voters say 74 - 21 percent that the U.S. economy is in a recession now and disapprove 50 - 44 percent of the way President Obama is handling the economy, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

Voters approve 48 - 30 percent, with 22 percent undecided, of Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Men approve 45 - 34 percent and women approve 50 - 27 percent. Republicans disapprove 57 - 22 percent, but Kagan wins 73 - 10 percent backing from Democrats and 45 - 31 percent support from independent voters.

American voters also say 42 - 36 percent that they would vote for a Democrat rather than a Republican in this year's Congressional elections, reversing a 44 - 39 percent Republican lead March 24.

Obama's policies have hurt rather than helped their personal financial situation, voters say 29 - 16 percent, with 54 percent who say the policies have made no difference. Going forward, voters expect Obama's policies to hurt rather than help them personally 36 - 28 percent, with 32 percent who expect no difference.

"The increase in President Barack Obama's job approval is a welcome step for the White House. His ratings have been in the no man's land of just below parity for some time and now the question is whether this is the beginning of an upward trend or just a blip," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

"The fact that three out of four American voters still see the nation in recession, despite the claims from the so-called experts, highlights the disconnect between Wall Street, Washington D.C.'s K St. and Main Street," said Brown.

"For Obama to get his job approval back over 50 percent, where the White House would like to be, he needs to convince Joe and Jill Six-pack that his programs are helping them."

American voters trust Obama 45 - 36 percent over Congressional Republicans to handle the economy. Independent voters trust Obama more 38 - 34 percent.

There is a noticeable gender gap in Obama's approval rating: Men disapprove 48 - 45 percent, while women rate him positively 51 - 39 percent. His 48 - 43 percent disapproval from independent voters is a sizable jump from a 50 - 38 percent disapproval in April and responsible for much of the President's overall increase. Democrats approve of his performance 78 - 13 percent while Republicans disapprove 77 - 17 percent.

"On the economy, President Obama gets slightly less negative grades: 50 - 44 percent disapprove, compared to 55 - 40 percent disapproval in April. And on creating jobs his 56 - 38 percent disapproval rating last month has improved to 51 - 40 percent disapprove," Brown said.

A total of 70 percent of American voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the nation today. And 80 percent say the way things are going makes them more likely to vote this November.

Looking at the Kagan nomination, voters split 43 - 43 percent on whether Senators should consider her views on controversial issues, or just her qualifications for the Supreme Court. But voters say 50 - 37 percent that Senators who disagree with Kagan's views would not be justified using a filibuster to block her nomination.

Looking at other aspects of Obama's job performance, American voters:
  • Approve 48 - 43 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy;
  • Disapprove 51 - 44 percent of his handling of health care;
  • Approve 45 - 40 percent of his handling of Afghanistan;
  • Approve 49 - 41 percent of his handling of terrorism.
From May 19 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,914 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. If the 2010 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for - the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Republican           36%    85%     5%    33%    40%    32%    42%    12%    21%
Democrat             42      5     87     30     39     45     35     81     52
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1      6      4      3      4      -      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      2      1      1      1      -      -
DK/NA                18      9      7     29     17     19     19      6     24
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Republican           27%    42%    37%    28%    42%    50%     8%    27%    65%
Democrat             54     38     39     49     40     35     78     48     16
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      4      3      4      2      3      2      5      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      -      1      1      1      1      2      1      -
DK/NA                17     15     20     19     15     11     11     21     17
 
TREND: If the 2010 election for the U.S. House of Representatives were being held today, would you vote for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate in your district?
                     May 26  Mar 24  Jul 2   Jun 4   Apr 29
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009
Republican           36      44      34      32      34
Democrat             42      39      42      42      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       1       2       2       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1       1       1
DK/NA                18      16      21      22      22
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              48%    17%    78%    43%    45%    51%    40%    90%    67%
Disapprove           43     77     13     48     48     39     51      8     24
DK/NA                 9      6      9      9      7     10      9      2      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              60%    46%    42%    51%    45%    50%    79%    58%    19%
Disapprove           30     47     49     40     47     45     12     33     75
DK/NA                10      7      9      9      8      6      9      9      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                                     PostVt  PreVt           APPROVE.......
                                     Poll    Poll            High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jun 4   Apr 21
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009*   2010
Approve              48      44      45      46      45      59      44
Disapprove           43      46      46      49      46      31      46
DK/NA                 9      10       9       6       9      10      10
 
                     INDEPENDENTS.........................................
                                     PostVt  PreVt           APPROVE......
                                     Poll    Poll            High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jun 4   Dec 9
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2009
Approve              43      38      40      40      40      57      37
Disapprove           48      50      44      53      49      30      51
DK/NA                 9      12      15       7      10      13      11
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              34%     8%    64%    25%    31%    36%    27%    66%    50%
Disapprove           57     86     26     65     62     52     64     22     37
DK/NA                 9      6     11     10      6     12      9     13     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              43%    33%    28%    38%    30%    36%    60%    37%    16%
Disapprove           47     59     62     50     63     59     32     51     79
DK/NA                10      8     10     12      7      5      8     12      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                             PostVt  PreVt                   APPROVE.......
                             Poll    Poll                    High    Low
                     May 26  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Mar 4   Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
Approve              34      36      30      28      32      45      30
Disapprove           57      55      62      63      59      45      62
DK/NA                 9       9       8       9       9      10       8
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              26%    48%    16%    20%    25%    28%    26%    27%    30%
Disapprove           62     41     73     69     67     58     62     65     55
DK/NA                11     11     10     11      8     14     11      8     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              26%    29%    24%    25%    27%    31%    17%    21%    38%
Disapprove           61     61     65     61     65     61     74     67     53
DK/NA                13      9     11     14      8      8      9     12      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                             PostVt  PreVt                   APPROVE......
                             Poll    Poll                    High    Low
                     May 26  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Mar 25  Oct 8
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              26      34      31      28      32      34      25
Disapprove           62      58      60      61      58      58      64
DK/NA                11       8       9      11      11       8      11
 
 
5. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Very satisfied        3%     2%     5%     2%     3%     3%     2%     9%     6%
Smwht satisfied      26     13     44     21     24     28     21     53     28
Smwht dissatisfied   31     28     31     34     30     32     33     20     31
Very dissatisfied    39     56     18     43     41     36     43     17     33
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      2      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Very satisfied        4%     2%     3%     3%     4%     4%     4%     3%     2%
Smwht satisfied      37     22     23     29     23     25     45     31     11
Smwht dissatisfied   32     31     31     31     32     33     32     37     25
Very dissatisfied    26     43     42     36     41     37     17     28     61
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1      2      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in the nation today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 24  Feb 11  Dec 11  Nov 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2001    2008
Very satisfied        3       3       4       3       2      21       2
Smwht satisfied      26      28      25      26      24      47      14
Smwht dissatisfied   31      29      28      29      33      19      38
Very dissatisfied    39      40      41      41      40      10      44
DK/NA                 1       -       2       1       1       3       2
 
 
6. Does the way things are going in the nation today make you more likely or less likely to vote in the elections in November this year?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
More likely          80%    89%    81%    77%    81%    80%    80%    91%    73%
Less likely           7      2      5     10      7      6      6      2     13
No diff(VOL)         12      9     13     11     11     13     12      5     10
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      1      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
More likely          82%    82%    79%    80%    83%    86%    80%    80%    84%
Less likely           7      7      6      8      4      6      6      7      7
No diff(VOL)         10     11     14     10     12      8     14     11      9
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      -      -      1      1
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              44%    16%    73%    38%    42%    46%    37%    78%    57%
Disapprove           50     81     22     54     54     46     57     18     34
DK/NA                 6      2      6      8      4      8      6      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              53%    41%    39%    45%    42%    49%    73%    54%    18%
Disapprove           39     55     55     48     54     48     19     39     79
DK/NA                 8      4      6      7      4      3      7      7      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                                                             APPROVE......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Mar 4   Mar 25
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
Approve              44      40      39      41      41      57      39
Disapprove           50      55      57      54      54      33      57
DK/NA                 6       5       5       5       6      10       5
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              48%    19%    78%    41%    47%    48%    41%    84%    63%
Disapprove           43     71     14     49     47     39     50      7     32
DK/NA                 9     10      8      9      6     12     10      9      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              58%    46%    41%    49%    45%    54%    78%    57%    22%
Disapprove           35     44     48     40     47     42     17     33     70
DK/NA                 7      9     11     11      8      4      5     10      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13  Apr 29  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
Approve              48      48      46      46      45      57      45
Disapprove           43      42      43      43      46      32      46
DK/NA                 9      10      12      11       9      11       9
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - health care?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              44%    12%    75%    38%    42%    45%    35%    88%    51%
Disapprove           51     86     19     56     53     49     60      8     38
DK/NA                 6      2      7      7      4      6      5      4     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              56%    39%    40%    45%    41%    43%    78%    50%    15%
Disapprove           38     58     53     47     56     56     16     43     81
DK/NA                 6      3      7      8      3      1      6      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?
                                     PostVt  PreVt           APPROVE.......
                                     Poll    Poll            High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Mar 25  Feb 11  July 2  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
Approve              44      40      44      36      35      46      35
Disapprove           51      55      50      58      58      42      58
DK/NA                 6       5       6       6       6      13       6
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              45%    38%    57%    43%    51%    40%    41%    72%    48%
Disapprove           40     47     33     41     38     42     43     20     45
DK/NA                14     15     10     16     10     18     16      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              49%    49%    40%    43%    46%    56%    51%    52%    35%
Disapprove           39     40     42     40     44     37     41     31     51
DK/NA                12     11     18     17     10      7      8     16     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13  Mar 25  Nov 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              45      49      52      51      45      52      38
Disapprove           40      39      36      39      45      36      49
DK/NA                14      12      12      10      10      12      12
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - creating jobs?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              40%    17%    67%    33%    37%    43%    34%    69%    56%
Disapprove           51     77     26     58     57     47     58     24     34
DK/NA                 9      6      7      9      6     10      9      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              48%    38%    36%    43%    39%    41%    64%    50%    17%
Disapprove           43     55     54     48     57     52     27     43     76
DK/NA                 9      7     10     10      5      7      9      7      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling creating jobs?
                     May 26  Apr 21  Mar 25  Feb 11  Jan 13  Dec 22
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
Approve              40      38      37      37      34      37
Disapprove           51      56      57      56      59      56
DK/NA                 9       6       6       7       7       8
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              49%    21%    75%    46%    50%    48%    42%    87%    57%
Disapprove           41     70     18     43     42     41     47     10     34
DK/NA                10      9      7     11      8     11     10      3      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              55%    49%    44%    50%    48%    52%    74%    61%    23%
Disapprove           34     43     45     38     45     43     19     28     70
DK/NA                10      8     11     11      7      5      7     11      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
Approve              49      49      49      49      48
Disapprove           41      41      41      44      44
DK/NA                10      10       9       8       8
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              48%    22%    73%    45%    45%    50%    43%    79%    49%
Disapprove           30     57     10     31     34     27     34     10     24
DK/NA                22     21     18     25     21     23     23     11     26
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              50%    49%    47%    47%    49%    57%    72%    61%    22%
Disapprove           24     34     30     28     33     31     12     17     56
DK/NA                26     17     23     25     18     12     16     23     21
 
 
15. Should Senators support or oppose Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court based only on whether she is qualified to be a justice, or should they also consider her views on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Qualifications       43%    34%    47%    48%    46%    41%    44%    35%    35%
Consider views       43     57     39     36     41     44     43     49     40
DK/NA                14     10     14     16     13     15     13     16     25
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Qualifications       43%    47%    39%    38%    47%    55%    51%    53%    31%
Consider views       45     43     41     44     45     39     41     37     52
DK/NA                12     10     20     18      8      6      9     10     17
 
 
16. If Senators did not agree with Elena Kagan on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage, do you think they would be justified, or not justified in using the filibuster to prevent her nomination from coming to a vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Justified            37%    63%    22%    33%    39%    35%    39%    32%    23%
Not justified        50     28     64     54     52     49     50     51     58
DK/NA                13      9     14     13      9     16     11     17     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Justified            35%    38%    40%    37%    43%    33%    23%    30%    54%
Not justified        55     52     45     49     51     63     66     60     34
DK/NA                10      9     15     14      6      4     11     10     13
 
 
17. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Excellent             -      2%     -      -      -      1%     -      2%     1%
Good                 12      7     19     10     14     11     10     19     15
Not so good          46     42     52     44     45     47     46     47     52
Poor                 40     49     26     44     40     40     43     29     32
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Excellent             1%     -      -      -      -      2%     -      1%     -
Good                 13     13     11     12     16     13     18     16      5
Not so good          51     45     42     47     43     48     52     53     35
Poor                 35     41     44     40     41     36     29     29     59
DK/NA                 -      1      2      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXLNT+GOOD....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 26  Dec 22  Nov 18  Aug 6   July 2  Dec 10  Mar 4
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2003    2009
Excellent             -       -       -       -       1       3       -
Good                 12       7       8       6       7      37       3
Not so good          46      46      42      49      44      42      28
Poor                 40      45      49      44      47      16      68
DK/NA                 1       1       1       -       1       1       -
 
 
18. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Better               32%    12%    52%    30%    35%    30%    30%    42%    34%
Worse                24     31     13     27     22     25     25     17     17
The same             43     56     35     42     42     43     44     40     46
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      1      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Better               39%    31%    29%    29%    38%    36%    53%    40%    13%
Worse                17     27     25     26     20     21     15     16     38
The same             44     41     45     44     41     42     32     44     47
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 29  Apr 1
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
Better               32      28      28      27      24      19
Worse                24      28      29      29      33      32
The same             43      43      41      42      42      47
DK/NA                 1       1       2       2       2       2
 
 
19. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Pres Obama           45%    10%    82%    38%    45%    45%    36%    85%    65%
Reps in Congress     36     79      7     34     40     32     43      5     20
DK/NA                19     11     12     27     15     22     21     10     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Pres Obama           54%    45%    40%    48%    43%    48%    79%    55%    18%
Reps in Congress     30     40     37     31     44     38     10     25     65
DK/NA                16     15     23     21     13     14     11     20     17
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6   July 2  Apr 1   Mar 4
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
President Obama      45      45      47      54      55      56
Reps in Congress     36      36      36      32      27      26
DK/NA                19      19      17      14      18      18
 
 
20. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Helped               39%    12%    69%    31%    37%    41%    33%    77%    40%
Hurt                 29     59      6     30     31     27     35      3     21
No difference        28     28     21     34     28     28     30     16     30
DK/NA                 4      1      4      5      4      4      2      4      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Helped               50%    37%    34%    43%    38%    38%    68%    48%    15%
Hurt                 15     34     35     25     35     29      8     17     56
No difference        31     27     26     28     25     31     20     33     27
DK/NA                 4      1      5      4      2      1      5      2      2
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped the economy, hurt the economy, or haven't made a difference?
                     May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2010    2009    2009
Helped               39      37      37
Hurt                 29      28      29
No difference        28      31      31
DK/NA                 4       4       4
 
 
21. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Will help            45%    12%    77%    38%    41%    48%    38%    82%    58%
Will hurt            32     65      6     35     36     29     39      3     17
No difference        18     19     13     22     19     17     18      9     26
DK/NA                 5      4      4      5      4      6      5      5      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Will help            59%    41%    37%    48%    44%    43%    76%    54%    17%
Will hurt            21     39     35     26     43     34      8     20     61
No difference        15     17     21     20     12     20     14     21     17
DK/NA                 4      3      7      6      1      3      2      5      4
 
TREND: Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help the economy, will hurt the economy, or won't make a difference?
                     May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2010    2009    2009
Will help            45      49      49
Will hurt            32      29      33
No difference        18      17      14
DK/NA                 5       5       4
 
 
22. Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Helped               16%     5%    29%    11%    15%    17%    12%    32%    30%
Hurt                 29     50      6     35     31     27     34      4     21
No difference        54     45     63     52     53     54     53     60     48
DK/NA                 2      -      2      2      1      2      1      4      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Helped               19%    18%    11%    17%    14%    15%    29%    17%     7%
Hurt                 17     34     34     24     32     36     12     22     47
No difference        63     48     53     58     52     49     57     60     44
DK/NA                 2      -      2      1      2      -      1      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama's policies have helped your personal financial situation, hurt your personal financial situation, or haven't made a difference?
                     May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2010    2009    2009
Helped               16      15      13
Hurt                 29      26      23
No difference        54      58      63
DK/NA                 2       1       1
 
 
23. Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Will help            28%     7%    52%    21%    25%    31%    22%    62%    42%
Will hurt            36     72      7     39     40     33     43      4     18
No difference        32     19     36     36     32     32     31     31     39
DK/NA                 4      2      4      3      2      5      4      3      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Will help            40%    28%    20%    33%    26%    24%    53%    33%    10%
Will hurt            20     45     39     29     43     43     10     27     63
No difference        38     25     35     34     29     32     35     37     24
DK/NA                 2      2      6      4      2      1      2      3      3
 
TREND: Looking forward, do you think President Obama's policies will help your personal financial situation, will hurt your personal financial situation, or won't make a difference?
                     May 26  Dec 22  Aug 6
                     2010    2009    2009
Will help            28      31      33
Will hurt            36      37      36
No difference        32      30      28
DK/NA                 4       2       3
 
 
24. Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Yes                  74%    85%    64%    76%    75%    74%    76%    63%    79%
No                   21     13     29     21     22     20     20     28     18
DK/NA                 5      2      7      3      3      6      4      9      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Yes                  71%    77%    75%    75%    78%    69%    68%    72%    83%
No                   25     19     19     19     20     28     28     25     14
DK/NA                 3      4      6      6      2      3      4      3      3
 
TREND: Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     May 26  May 15
                     2010    2008
Yes                  74      71
No                   21      24
DK/NA                 5       5
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Approve              40%    13%    69%    35%    40%    41%    34%    68%    52%
Disapprove           51     83     23     54     53     50     58     23     40
DK/NA                 8      4      8     11      8      9      8      9      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Approve              51%    37%    37%    44%    36%    44%    73%    51%    12%
Disapprove           40     59     52     46     60     54     21     41     81
DK/NA                 9      4     11     10      4      1      6      8      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the federal health care overhaul?
                     May 26  Apr 21
                     2010    2010
Approve              40      39
Disapprove           51      53
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
26. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    His
Right thing          49%    70%    35%    50%    55%    44%    54%    29%    42%
Shld not be inv      42     23     56     40     39     44     36     63     53
DK/NA                 9      7      9     10      6     13     10      8      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
Right thing          42%    57%    46%    39%    57%    63%    35%    48%    60%
Shld not be inv      48     37     42     50     35     32     60     44     30
DK/NA                10      6     12     11      8      6      5      8     10
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                                                             RIGHT THING...
                                                             High    Low
                     May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 14  Jan 14  Nov 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009
Right thing          49      56      55      56      59      59      48
Shouldn't be inv     42      36      37      37      35      35      41
DK/NA                 9       8       8       7       6       6      11