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January 21, 2016

Obama Overall Job Approval Improves

A total of 45% of Americans say they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and 51% say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In December, 41% approved and 55% disapproved.

When it comes to Obama's handling of the economy, 42% of Americans approve and 51% disapprove. In December, 40% approved and 55% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 45% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president and 51% disapprove. On Obama's handling of the economy, 42% of registered voters approve and 51% disapprove.

The 45% overall approval is the highest for Obama since October.

A total of 17% of Americans say the financial situations in their households are getting better, the highest since October, but 30% say the financial situations in their households are getting worse, the highest since July of last year. Of the 45% saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 38% say the financial situations in their households are getting better and less than 1% say they are getting worse. Of the 51% saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, less than 1% say the financial situations in their households are getting better and 57% say they are 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 January 17 through 20, 2016. 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, 45% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, 51% disapprove, and 4% are undecided.

Obama job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Jan 201645%51%4%
Dec 201541%55%4%
Nov 2015 43% 54% 3%
Oct 2015 49% 48% 3%
Sep 2015 46% 51% 3%
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%

Among Republicans (27% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 23% of all adults in the survey), 2% approve of the way Obama is handling his job and 91% disapprove. Among Democrats (34% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 30% of all adults in the survey), 86% approve and 10% 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), 38% approve and 59% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

Overall, 42% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy, 51% disapprove, and 7% are undecided. Among registered voters, 45% approve and 51% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

Obama handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
Jan 201642%51%7%
Dec 201540%55%5%
Nov 2015 44% 52% 4%
Oct 2015 50% 47% 3%
Sep 2015 45% 51% 4%
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%

Among Republicans, 1% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 94% disapprove. Among Democrats, 77% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 10% disapprove. Among independents, 40% approve and 56% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

A total of 34% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 23% say it is staying the same, and 33% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Jan 201634%23%33%10%
Dec 201530%30%32%8%
Nov 2015 34% 29% 31% 6%
Oct 2015 40% 30% 25% 5%
Sep 2015 39% 31% 26% 4%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 75% say getting better, 12% say staying the same, and less than 4% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, none say getting better, 30% say staying the same, 60% say getting worse, and 10% are undecided.

A total of 30% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 35% say it will be the same, and 32% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Jan 201630%35%32%3%
Dec 201527%35%36%2%
Nov 2015 30% 32% 35% 3%
Oct 2015 38% 29% 30% 3%
Sep 2015 38% 29% 31% 2%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 56% say better, 31% say the same as today, and 6% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president, 7% say better, 36% say the same, and 57% say worse.

Overall, 31% 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 20% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Jan 201631%49%20%
Dec 201535%44%21%
Nov 2015 31% 46% 23%
Oct 2015 29% 48% 23%
Sep 2015 29% 47% 24%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 10% say the national economy is in a recession, 79% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 11% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 52% say the national economy is in a recession, 21% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 27% are undecided.

A total of 50% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 49% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Jan 20169%10%31%28%11%10%1%
Dec 20158%12%29%30%11%9%1%
Nov 2015 8% 14% 31% 29% 8% 9% 1%
Oct 2015 9% 16% 36% 25% 8% 5% 1%
Sep 2015 8% 18% 38% 23% 7% 5% 1%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 94% say very good, or good and 5% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 10% say very good, or good and 89% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 62% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 34% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Jan 201610%17%35%19%7%8%4%
Dec 20158%17%41%17%7%6%4%
Nov 2015 10% 20% 39% 17% 7% 5% 2%
Oct 2015 8% 19% 49% 15% 4% 4% 1%
Sep 2015 8% 18% 51% 14% 5% 2% 2%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 90% say excellent, very good, or good and 5% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 40% say very good, or good and 56% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 17% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 45% say staying the same, and 30% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Jan 201617%45%30%8%
Dec 201514%50%29%7%
Nov 2015 15% 50% 28% 7%
Oct 2015 20% 51% 24% 5%
Sep 2015 19% 56% 22% 3%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 38% say getting better, 58% say staying the same, and less than 1% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, less than 1% say getting better, 31% say staying the same, and 57% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 23% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 45% say the same as today, and 25% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Jan 201623%45%25%7%
Dec 201519%45%29%7%
Nov 2015 21% 44% 28% 7%
Oct 2015 28% 41% 25% 6%
Sep 2015 28% 41% 25% 6%
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%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 37% say better than today, 54% say the same as today, and 4% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 9% say better than today, 40% say the same as today, and 46% 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: January 17-20, 2016

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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