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August 21, 2015

Obama Overall Job Approval Unchanged

A total of 47% of Americans say they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and 50% say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In July, 47% approved and 50% disapproved.

When it comes to Obama's handling of the economy, 48% of Americans approve and 47% disapprove. In July, 47% approved and 47% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 48% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president and 48% disapprove. On Obama's handling of the economy, 50% of registered voters approve and 46% disapprove.

A total of 41% of Americans say the national economy is getting better and 21% say the national economy is getting worse. The 21% saying the national economy is getting worse is the lowest for Obama's presidency. The previous low was 26% in May 2015, followed by 28% in March 2013. The high for Obama's presidency was 63% in February 2009.

Of the 47% of Americans saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, 82% say the national economy is getting better. Of the 50% saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 43% say the national economy is getting worse and 39% say the national economy is staying the same.

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 August 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, 50% disapprove, and 3% are undecided.

Obama job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Aug 2015 47% 50% 3%
Jul 2015 47% 50% 3%
Jun 2015 47% 49% 4%
May 2015 48% 47% 5%
Apr 2015 44% 50% 6%
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%

Among Republicans (26% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 23% of all adults in the survey), 3% approve of the way Obama is handling his job and 93% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 30% of all adults in the survey), 89% approve and 9% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job. Among independents (39% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 34% of all adults in the survey), 42% approve and 54% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

Overall, 48% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy, 47% disapprove, and 5% are undecided. Among registered voters, 50% approve and 46% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

Obama handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Aug 2015 48% 47% 5%
Jul 2015 47% 47% 6%
Jun 2015 45% 51% 4%
May 2015 49% 46% 5%
Apr 2015 45% 49% 6%
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%

Among Republicans, 2% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 93% disapprove. Among Democrats, 91% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 3% disapprove. Among independents, 44% approve and 52% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

A total of 41% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 29% say it is staying the same, and 21% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Aug 2015 41% 29% 21% 9%
Jul 2015 31% 31% 37% 1%
Jun 2015 37% 24% 38% 1%
May 2015 44% 15% 40% 1%
Apr 2015 36% 23% 37% 4%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 82% say getting better, 14% say staying the same, and 1% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 4% say getting better, 39% say staying the same, 43% say getting worse, and 14% are undecided.

A total of 35% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 32% say it will be the same, and 31% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Aug 2015 35% 32% 31% 2%
Jul 2015 35% 27% 35% 3%
Jun 2015 36% 31% 26% 7%
May 2015 32% 30% 30% 8%
Apr 2015 34% 27% 38% 1%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 68% say better, 23% 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, 3% say better, 35% say the same, and 61% say worse.

Overall, 32% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 49% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 19% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Aug 2015 32% 49% 19%
Jul 2015 25% 43% 32%
Jun 2015 30% 58% 12%
May 2015 30% 57% 13%
Apr 2015 41% 45% 14%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 18% say the national economy is in a recession, 73% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 9% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 48% say the national economy is in a recession, 22% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 30% are undecided.

A total of 58% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 41% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Aug 2015 11% 15% 32% 31% 6% 4% 1%
Jul 2015 5% 19% 38% 18% 9% 10% 1%
Jun 2015 6% 15% 37% 23% 6% 12% 1%
May 2015 7% 15% 32% 26% 8% 11% 1%
Apr 2015 9% 15% 32% 19% 10% 14% 1%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 90% say very good, or good and 4% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 22% say very good, or good and 77% 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 23% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Aug 2015 5% 15% 55% 15% 4% 4% 2%
Jul 2015 12% 21% 44% 17% 2% 3% 1%
Jun 2015 14% 15% 44% 15% 5% 6% 1%
May 2015 17% 11% 39% 19% 8% 5% 1%
Apr 2015 9% 12% 51% 13% 11% 3% 1%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 81% say excellent, very good, or good and 14% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 74% say very good, or good and 25% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 22% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 53% say staying the same, and 19% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Aug 2015 22% 53% 19% 6%
Jul 2015 14% 55% 30% 1%
Jun 2015 23% 47% 30% *
May 2015 30% 38% 30% 2%
Apr 2015 13% 49% 33% 5%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 45% say getting better, 50% say staying the same, and 5% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 1% say getting better, 52% say staying the same, and 35% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 28% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 38% say the same as today, and 27% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Aug 2015 28% 38% 27% 7%
Jul 2015 28% 39% 28% 5%
Jun 2015 35% 35% 25% 5%
May 2015 30% 35% 33% 2%
Apr 2015 17% 47% 28% 8%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 41% say better than today, 41% say the same as today, and 5% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 4% say better than today, 39% say the same as today, and 52% 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: August 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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