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November 21, 2016

Obama Overall Job Approval at High for Year

A total of 53% of Americans say they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and 42% say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In October, 52% approved and 43% disapproved.

When it comes to Obama's handling of the economy, 50% of Americans approve and 46% disapprove. In October, 50% approved and 45% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 52% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president and 43% disapprove. On Obama's handling of the economy, 50% of registered voters approve and 45% disapprove.

This is the highest overall job approval for Obama for the year and matches his approval of 53% in November 2012.

Overall, 42% of Americans say the national economy will be better a year from now. Of the 53% saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 36% say the national economy will be better a year from now. Of the 42% saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 55% say they national economy will be better a year from now.

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 November 17 through 20, 2016. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 53% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, 42% disapprove, and 5% are undecided.

Obama job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
Nov 2016 53% 42% 5%
Oct 2016 52% 43% 5%
Sep 2016 48% 46% 6%
Aug 2016 46% 50% 4%
Jul 2016 48% 47% 5%
Jun 2016 48% 48% 4%
May 2016 46% 49% 5%
Apr 2016 48% 48% 4%
Mar 2016 47% 49% 4%
Feb 2016 45% 50% 5%
Jan 2016 45% 51% 4%
Dec 2015 41% 55% 4%
Nov 2015 43% 54% 3%

Among Republicans (30% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 27% of all adults in the survey), 10% approve of the way Obama is handling his job and 88% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 32% of all adults in the survey), 87% approve and 9% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job. Among independents (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 31% of all adults in the survey), 55% approve and 38% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

Overall, 50% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy, 46% disapprove, and 4% 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
Nov 2016 50% 46% 4%
Oct 2016 50% 45% 5%
Sep 2016 47% 48% 5%
Aug 2016 47% 49% 4%
Jul 2016 50% 45% 5%
Jun 2016 48% 48% 4%
May 2016 45% 52% 3%
Apr 2016 46% 51% 3%
Mar 2016 47% 48% 5%
Feb 2016 45% 49% 6%
Jan 2016 42% 51% 7%
Dec 2015 40% 55% 5%
Nov 2015 44% 52% 4%

Among Republicans, 16% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 80% disapprove. Among Democrats, 86% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 10% disapprove. Among independents, 42% approve and 54% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

A total of 32% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 34% 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

Nov 2016 32% 34% 33% 1%
Oct 2016 34% 28% 37% 1%
Sep 2016 30% 28% 40% 2%
Aug 2016 32% 22% 46% 1%
Jul 2016 31% 30% 38% 1%
Jun 2016 30% 25% 40% 5%
May 2016 30% 22% 42% 6%
Apr 2016 35% 23% 36% 6%
Mar 2016 31% 25% 37% 7%
Feb 2016 34% 24% 34% 8%
Jan 2016 34% 23% 33% 10%
Dec 2015 30% 30% 32% 8%
Nov 2015 34% 29% 31% 6%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 54% say getting better, 40% say staying the same, and less than 6% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 3% say getting better, 24% say staying the same, and 71% say getting worse.

A total of 42% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 28% say it will be the same, and 16% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

Nov 2016 42% 28% 16% 14%
Oct 2016 35% 37% 11% 17%
Sep 2016 37% 25% 18% 20%
Aug 2016 41% 19% 23% 17%
Jul 2016 43% 30% 17% 10%
Jun 2016 35% 29% 19% 17%
May 2016 26% 35% 34% 5%
Apr 2016 37% 34% 19% 10%
Mar 2016 33% 37% 26% 4%
Feb 2016 33% 35% 27% 5%
Jan 2016 30% 35% 32% 3%
Dec 2015 27% 35% 36% 2%
Nov 2015 30% 32% 35% 3%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 36% say better, 30% say the same as today, and 20% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president, 55% say better, 18% say the same, and 11% say worse.

Overall, 22% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 59% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 19% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
Nov 2016 22% 59% 19%
Oct 2016 22% 55% 23%
Sep 2016 25% 46% 29%
Aug 2016 30% 40% 30%
Jul 2016 25% 51% 24%
Jun 2016 22% 44% 34%
May 2016 26% 35% 39%
Apr 2016 28% 49% 23%
Mar 2016 29% 50% 21%
Feb 2016 30% 51% 19%
Jan 2016 31% 49% 20%
Dec 2015 35% 44% 21%
Nov 2015 31% 46% 23%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 2% say the national economy is in a recession, 82% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 16% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 50% say the national economy is in a recession, 26% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 24% are undecided.

A total of 64% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 35% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

Nov 2016 12% 17% 35% 25% 3% 7% 1%
Oct 2016 14% 23% 28% 20% 6% 7% 2%
Sep 2016 7% 17% 34% 25% 5% 11% 1%
Aug 2016 5% 16% 31% 28% 5% 13% 2%
Jul 2016 3% 21% 38% 21% 8% 8% 1%
Jun 2016 5% 22% 36% 17% 8% 8% 4%
May 2016 7% 20% 26% 20% 11% 15% 2%
Apr 2016 8% 17% 27% 22% 13% 11% 2%
Mar 2016 8% 11% 28% 28% 13% 11% 1%
Feb 2016 9% 9% 32% 26% 13% 10% 1%
Jan 2016 9% 10% 31% 28% 11% 10% 1%
Dec 2015 8% 12% 29% 30% 11% 9% 1%
Nov 2015 8% 14% 31% 29% 8% 9% 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, 21% say very good, or good and 78% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 68% 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

Nov 2016 8% 19% 41% 15% 5% 4% 8%
Oct 2016 11% 18% 38% 18% 5% 2% 8%
Sep 2016 8% 20% 40% 15% 4% 6% 7%
Aug 2016 9% 20% 43% 18% 6% 3% 1%
Jul 2016 12% 19% 42% 17% 7% 2% 1%
Jun 2016 18% 11% 41% 19% 9% 2% 3%
May 2016 13% 12% 39% 21% 11% 3% 1%
Apr 2016 12% 18% 36% 19% 6% 5% 4%
Mar 2016 11% 19% 33% 19% 7% 6% 5%
Feb 2016 11% 19% 35% 18% 7% 8% 2%
Jan 2016 10% 17% 35% 19% 7% 8% 4%
Dec 2015 8% 17% 41% 17% 7% 6% 4%
Nov 2015 10% 20% 39% 17% 7% 5% 2%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 80% 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, 53% say very good, or good and 36% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 10% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 58% say staying the same, and 28% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

Nov 2016 10% 58% 28% 4%
Oct 2016 14% 55% 29% 2%
Sep 2016 6% 62% 27% 5%
Aug 2016 7% 60% 24% 9%
Jul 2016 17% 60% 22% 1%
Jun 2016 19% 52% 25% 3%
May 2016 21% 48% 27% 4%
Apr 2016 17% 53% 24% 6%
Mar 2016 13% 52% 28% 7%
Feb 2016 16% 50% 26% 8%
Jan 2016 17% 45% 30% 8%
Dec 2015 14% 50% 29% 7%
Nov 2015 15% 50% 28% 7%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 12% say getting better, 72% say staying the same, and 14% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 8% say getting better, 37% say staying the same, and 47% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 29% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 44% say the same as today, and 22% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

Nov 2016 29% 44% 22% 5%
Oct 2016 26% 50% 20% 4%
Sep 2016 23% 43% 26% 8%
Aug 2016 25% 38% 27% 10%
Jul 2016 35% 47% 13% 5%
Jun 2016 26% 46% 16% 12%
May 2016 25% 40% 27% 8%
Apr 2016 28% 48% 17% 7%
Mar 2016 21% 52% 19% 8%
Feb 2016 24% 51% 19% 6%
Jan 2016 23% 45% 25% 7%
Dec 2015 19% 45% 29% 7%
Nov 2015 21% 44% 28% 7%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 28% say better than today, 48% say the same as today, and 16% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 34% say better than today, 34% say the same as today, and 29% 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: November 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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