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March 23, 2015

Obama Overall Job Approval on Economy Goes Positive

A total of 47% of Americans say they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and 49% say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In February, 46% approved and 49% disapproved.

When it comes to Obama's handling of the economy, 49% of Americans approve and 47% disapprove. In February, 45% approved and 50% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 46% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president and 50% disapprove. On Obama's handling of the economy, 49% of registered voters approve and 47% disapprove.

The last time Obama's job approval rating on the economy was at 49% was in January 2011 (49% approve and 49% disapprove) and the last time Obama's job approval on the economy was positive was September 2009 (49% approve and 47% disapprove).

Also, 26% of Americans say the national economy is getting worse, which is the lowest since September 2009 when 25% of Americans said the national economy was getting worse.  

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults 18 years and older (see methodology for details). The interviews were completed March 17 through 20, 2015. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 47% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, 49% disapprove, and 4% are undecided.

Obama job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Mar 2015 47% 49% 4%
Feb 2015 46% 49% 5%
Jan 2015 47% 48% 5%
Dec 2014 47% 49% 4%
Nov 2014 44% 51% 5%
Oct 2014 43% 52% 5%
Sep 2014 42% 50% 8%
Aug 2014 43% 52% 5%
Jul 2014 42% 56% 2%
Jun 2014 40% 56% 4%
May 2014 45% 50% 5%
Apr 2014 43% 53% 4%
Mar 2014 47% 51% 2%

Among Republicans (29% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 25% of all adults in the survey), 7% approve of the way Obama is handling his job and 90% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 30% of all adults in the survey), 90% approve and 7% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job. Among independents (36% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 31% of all adults in the survey), 36% approve and 60% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

Overall, 49% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy, 47% disapprove, and 4% are undecided. Among registered voters, 49% approve and 47% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

Obama handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Mar 2015 49% 47% 4%
Feb 2015 45% 50% 5%
Jan 2015 48% 49% 3%
Dec 2014 45% 52% 3%
Nov 2014 42% 54% 4%
Oct 2014 41% 55% 4%
Sep 2014 39% 56% 5%
Aug 2014 37% 59% 4%
Jul 2014 40% 58% 2%
Jun 2014 38% 59% 3%
May 2014 40% 55% 5%
Apr 2014 39% 57% 4%
Mar 2014 43% 54% 3%

Among Republicans, 107% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 86% disapprove. Among Democrats, 91% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 4% disapprove. Among independents, 40% approve and 56% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

A total of 37% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 34% say it is staying the same, and 26% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Mar 2015 37% 34% 26% 3%
Feb 2015 42% 18% 39% 1%
Jan 2015 47% 20% 30% 3%
Dec 2014 39% 21% 39% 1%
Nov 2014 35% 24% 39% 2%
Oct 2014 35% 25% 37% 3%
Sep 2014 33% 27% 39% 1%
Aug 2014 31% 22% 46% 1%
Jul 2014 30% 28% 40% 2%
Jun 2014 34% 24% 41% 1%
May 2014 33% 22% 40% 5%
Apr 2014 34% 29% 37% -
Mar 2014 39% 15% 45% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 60% say getting better, 26% say staying the same, and 7% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 15% say getting better, 445% say staying the same, and 41% say getting worse.

A total of 34% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 38% say it will be the same, and 26% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Mar 2015 34% 38% 26% 2%
Feb 2015 38% 26% 34% 2%
Jan 2015 41% 25% 24% 10%
Dec 2014 40% 27% 29% 4%
Nov 2014 37% 28% 31% 4%
Oct 2014 34% 40% 23% 3%
Sep 2014 33% 26% 36% 5%
Aug 2014 36% 21% 42% 1%
Jul 2014 34% 26% 36% 4%
Jun 2014 34% 26% 37% 3%
May 2014 36% 21% 38% 5%
Apr 2014 38% 27% 30% 5%
Mar 2014 40% 23% 35% 2%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 57% say better, 33% say the same as today, and 5% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president, 12% say better, 39% say the same, and 49% say worse.

Overall, 33% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 42% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 25% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Mar 2015 33% 42% 25%
Feb 2015 35% 42% 23%
Jan 2015 30% 50% 20%
Dec 2014 26% 44% 30%
Nov 2014 23% 45% 32%
Oct 2014 28% 43% 29%
Sep 2014 33% 43% 24%
Aug 2014 38% 40% 22%
Jul 2014 41% 41% 18%
Jun 2014 36% 47% 17%
May 2014 33% 38% 29%
Apr 2014 32% 45% 23%
Mar 2014 36% 45% 19%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 24% say the national economy is in a recession, 64% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 12% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 44% say the national economy is in a recession, 22% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 34% are undecided.

A total of 57% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 42% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Mar 2015 12% 17% 28% 29% 6% 7% 1%
Feb 2015 11% 17% 29% 18% 11% 13% 1%
Jan 2015 7% 24% 29% 21% 8% 10% 1%
Dec 2014 9% 10% 37% 19% 12% 12% 1%
Nov 2014 7% 13% 26% 26% 11% 16% 1%
Oct 2014 3% 12% 38% 32% 11% 3% 1%
Sep 2014 3% 13% 37% 25% 11% 10% 1%
Aug 2014 9% 13% 23% 25% 14% 15% 1%
Jul 2014 5% 16% 19% 29% 14% 16% 1%
Jun 2014 6% 11% 28% 23% 17% 14% 1%
May 2014 7% 11% 29% 27% 20% 5% 1%
Apr 2014 3% 18% 27% 29% 12% 10% 1%
Mar 2014 5% 18% 27% 24% 12% 13% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 84% say very good, or good and 15% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 30% say very good, or good and 69% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 75% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 24% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Mar 2015 11% 17% 47% 18% 3% 3% 1%
Feb 2015 13% 19% 36% 22% 6% 3% 1%
Jan 2015 10% 20% 39% 23% 1% 6% 1%
Dec 2014 7% 15% 49% 20% 1% 7% 1%
Nov 2014 14% 12% 45% 21% 3% 4% 1%
Oct 2014 9% 15% 55% 17% 2% 1% 1%
Sep 2014 9% 15% 42% 23% 3% 7% 1%
Aug 2014 14% 15% 31% 23% 12% 4% 1%
Jul 2014 10% 14% 42% 17% 9% 7% 1%
Jun 2014 6% 22% 43% 13% 9% 6% 1%
May 2014 11% 15% 47% 12% 7% 7% 1%
Apr 2014 9% 15% 59% 19% 5% 1% 1%
Mar 2014 11% 20% 37% 26% 4% 1% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 83% say excellent, very good, or good and 16% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 65% say very good, or good and 34% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 21% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 56% say staying the same, and 21% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Mar 2015 21% 56% 21% 2%
Feb 2015 24% 44% 31% 1%
Jan 2015 22% 46% 30% 2%
Dec 2014 24% 47% 26% 3%
Nov 2014 20% 49% 29% 2%
Oct 2014 21% 54% 24% 1%
Sep 2014 12% 54% 33% 1%
Aug 2014 18% 46% 34% 2%
Jul 2014 17% 54% 26% 3%
Jun 2014 20% 49% 27% 4%
May 2014 19% 52% 28% 1%
Apr 2014 19% 48% 28% 5%
Mar 2014 15% 51% 34% -

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 33% say getting better, 60% say staying the same, and 5% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 10% say getting better, 51% say staying the same, and 39% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 25% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 46% say the same as today, and 26% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Mar 2015 25% 46% 26% 3%
Feb 2015 23% 41% 30% 6%
Jan 2015 32% 40% 24% 4%
Dec 2014 31% 37% 23% 9%
Nov 2014 27% 50% 22% 1%
Oct 2014 30% 45% 19% 6%
Sep 2014 22% 47% 27% 4%
Aug 2014 27% 37% 34% 2%
Jul 2014 30% 41% 29% *
Jun 2014 25% 46% 25% 4%
May 2014 25% 49% 23% 3%
Apr 2014 26% 48% 22% 4%
Mar 2014 29% 47% 24% *

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 45% say better than today, 43% say the same as today, and 10% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 5% say better than today, 49% say the same as today, and 44% say worse than today.


About this Survey -

Survey Sponsor: American Research Group, Inc.

The American Research Group has been conducting national surveys of consumers since 1985.

Sample Size: 1,100 completed interviews among a random sample of all adults age 18 and older living in households in the continental United States (see methodology for details).

Sample Dates: March 17-20, 2015

Margin of Error: ± 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Question Wording and Order:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?

How do you rate the condition of the national economy these days - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the national economy is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

Would you say that the national economy is in a recession, or not?

A year from now, do you expect the national economy to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

How do you rate the condition of the financial situation in your household - would you say it is excellent, very good, good, bad, very bad, or terrible?

Do you think the financial situation in your household is getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

A year from now, do you expect the financial situation in your household to be better than it is today, the same as it is today, or worse than it is today?

 

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