NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's been a rough month for Democrats in general and for President Obama in particular. The midterm elections turned into a Republican rally, and President Obama is under attack from conservatives who feel his executive actions on immigration are overstepping the limits of presidential authority. But while many things may be looking low, it's worth noting that positive attitudes toward the job the president is doing on the economy are up a bit, to 35%. This represents a two point increase over last month and six points' growth compared to September, as well as being the highest this rating has been since May (when it was also at 35%).
Looking along political lines, nearly two-thirds of Democrats (64%) give the President positive ratings for the overall job he's doing on the economy, while 94% of Republicans give him negative marks. Just over one fourth of Independents (26%) give the President positive ratings on his handling of the economy, while just under three-fourths (74%) rate him negatively.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,276 adults surveyed online between November 12 and 17, 2014. (Full results, including data tables, available here)
Expectations slide toward stability at home and across the country
When asked about their expectations regarding their household's financial condition in the next six months, 22% of Americans say they expect it to be better – a marginal improvement over 21% last month. More notable, however, is the drop in the percentage of Americans expecting their household financial condition to worsen – from 26% last month to 21% this month. This corresponds to an increase in the percentage expecting it will remain the same, from 53% to 57%.
Similarly, expectations that the economy overall will improve have grown very slightly, from 26% to 27%, while the expectation that it will get worse has seen a more notable drop (from 29% to 22%) and expectations that it will stay the same have grown from 45% to 51%.
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This Harris Poll was conducted online, in English, within the United States between November 12 and 17, 2014 among 2,276 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.
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The Harris Poll® #106, November 25, 2014
By Larry Shannon-Missal, Managing Editor, The Harris Poll
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