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August 21, 2014

Obama Overall Job Approval Unchanged

A total of 43% of Americans say they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and 52% say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. In July, 42% approved and 56% disapproved.

When it comes to Obama's handling of the economy, 37% of Americans approve and 59% disapprove. In July, 40% approved and 58% disapproved.

Among Americans registered to vote, 43% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president and 53% disapprove. On Obama's handling of the economy, 38% of registered voters approve and 58% disapprove.

Overall, 31% of Americans say the national economy is getting better, 22% say the national economy is staying the same, and 46% say the national economy is getting worse. The last time at least 46% of Americans said the national economy was getting worse was in the June 2012 survey.

Of the 43% of Americans saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, 67% say the national economy is getting better, 24% say staying the same, and 8% say getting worse. Of the 52% of Americans saying the they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president, 2% say the national economy is getting better, 19% say staying the same, and 76% say 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 July 17 through 20, 2014. 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, 43% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, 52% disapprove, and 5% are undecided.

Obama job approval Approve Disapprove Undecided
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%
Feb 2014 46% 50% 4%
Jan 2014 46% 50% 4%
Dec 2013 42% 53% 5%
Nov 2013 42% 54% 4%
Oct 2013 44% 52% 4%
Sep 2013 44% 52% 4%
Aug 2013 47% 49% 4%

Among Republicans (30% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 26% of all adults in the survey), 13% approve of the way Obama is handling his job and 83% disapprove. Among Democrats (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 30% of all adults in the survey), 76% approve and 19% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job. Among independents (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey and 30% of all adults in the survey), 37% approve and 60% disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as president.

Overall, 37% of Americans say that they approve of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy, 59% disapprove, and 4% are undecided. Among registered voters, 38% approve and 58% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

Obama handling the economy Approve Disapprove Undecided
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%
Feb 2014 41% 53% 6%
Jan 2014 47% 50% 3%
Dec 2013 41% 53% 6%
Nov 2013 39% 58% 3%
Oct 2013 39% 58% 3%
Sep 2013 39% 57% 4%
Aug 2013 44% 52% 4%

Among Republicans, 7% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 90% disapprove. Among Democrats, 71% approve of the way Obama is handling the economy and 24% disapprove. Among independents, 32% approve and 64% disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.

A total of 31% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 22% say it is staying the same, and 46% say the national economy is getting worse.

National economy

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

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%
Feb 2014 34% 29% 35% 2%
Jan 2014 33% 24% 42% 1%
Dec 2013 37% 22% 39% 2%
Nov 2013 28% 29% 39% 4%
Oct 2013 27% 28% 43% 2%
Sep 2013 30% 25% 42% 3%
Aug 2013 42% 18% 39% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 67% say getting better, 24% say staying the same, and 8% say getting worse. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 2% say getting better, 19% say staying the same, and 78% say getting worse.

A total of 36% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 21% say it will be the same, and 42% say it will be worse.

National economy a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than today

Undecided

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%
Feb 2014 34% 25% 38% 3%
Jan 2014 32% 23% 38% 7%
Dec 2013 42% 22% 33% 3%
Nov 2013 36% 21% 42% 1%
Oct 2013 39% 18% 42% 1%
Sep 2013 29% 27% 40% 4%
Aug 2013 41% 20% 37% 2%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 75% say better, 18% 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, 4% say better, 19% say the same, and 76% say worse.

Overall, 38% of Americans say they believe that the national economy is in a recession, 40% say they do not believe the economy is in a recession, and 22% are undecided.

National economy in a recession Yes No Undecided
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%
Feb 2014 39% 39% 22%
Jan 2014 42% 37% 21%
Dec 2013 37% 39% 24%
Nov 2013 32% 40% 28%
Oct 2013 32% 45% 23%
Sep 2013 35% 43% 22%
Aug 2013 33% 39% 28%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 27% say the national economy is in a recession, 53% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 20% are undecided. Of those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 47% say the national economy is in a recession, 30% say the national economy is not in a recession, and 23% are undecided.

A total of 45% of Americans rate the national economy as excellent, very good, or good and 54% rate it as bad, very bad, or terrible.

National economy

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

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%
Feb 2014 3% 8% 33% 29% 12% 14% 1%
Jan 2014 4% 7% 37% 22% 12% 17% 1%
Dec 2013 3% 12% 32% 19% 15% 18% 1%
Nov 2013 6% 9% 37% 19% 14% 14% 1%
Oct 2013 5% 7% 30% 24% 13% 20% 1%
Sep 2013 3% 16% 28% 23% 15% 14% 1%
Aug 2013 4% 8% 32% 29% 9% 17% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 93% say very good, or good and 6% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 8% say very good, or good and 91% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

When it comes to rating their household financial situations, 60% of Americans give an excellent, very good, or good rating and 39% give a bad, very bad, or terrible rating.

Household financial situation

Excellent

Very good

Good

Bad

Very bad

Terrible

Undecided

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%
Feb 2014 9% 16% 45% 19% 7% 3% 1%
Jan 2014 8% 12% 45% 24% 5% 5% 1%
Dec 2013 10% 17% 34% 27% 6% 5% 1%
Nov 2013 6% 23% 45% 14% 5% 6% 1%
Oct 2013 15% 16% 47% 10% 6% 5% 1%
Sep 2013 5% 18% 47% 22% 5% 2% 1%
Aug 2013 11% 12% 46% 20% 6% 4% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 82% say excellent, very good, or good and 17% say bad, very bad, or terrible. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 45% say very good, or good and 54% say bad, very bad, or terrible.

A total of 18% of Americans say they think the financial situations in their households are getting better, 46% say staying the same, and 34% say getting worse.

Household financial situation

Getting better

Staying the same

Getting worse

Undecided

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% -
Feb 2014 21% 44% 34% 1%
Jan 2014 25% 39% 34% 2%
Dec 2013 18% 54% 28% -
Nov 2013 17% 52% 30% 1%
Oct 2013 24% 42% 34% -
Sep 2013 14% 53% 33% -
Aug 2013 17% 55% 27% 1%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 31% say getting better, 59% say staying the same, and 9% say getting worse. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 6% say getting better, 36% say staying the same, and 53% say getting worse.

Looking to a year from now, 27% of Americans say that they think their household financial situations will be better than today, 37% say the same as today, and 34% say worse than today.

Household financial situation a year from now

Better than today

The same as today

Worse than
today

Undecided

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% *
Feb 2014 25% 41% 28% 6%
Jan 2014 33% 33% 29% 5%
Dec 2013 24% 48% 24% 4%
Nov 2013 22% 47% 27% 4%
Oct 2013 30% 39% 29% 2%
Sep 2013 21% 49% 24% 6%
Aug 2013 30% 40% 26% 4%

Among those saying they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, 47% say better than today, 47% say the same as today, and 5% say worse than today. Among those saying they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, 13% say better than today, 23% say the same as today, and 60% 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, 2014

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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