President Obama is likely to be in friendly territory at today's AFL-CIO Convention, as this week's Washington Post-ABC News poll finds union members and householders to be among his strongest boosters.
Overall, nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) union members have a favorable impression of the president and 57 percent say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job, with "strong" approval (42 percent) surpassing strong disapproval (25 percent) by a wide margin. And nearly half (46 percent) say Obama has exceeded their expectations, though more than twice as many are mildly impressed (31 percent) than say he's greatly outdone himself (14 percent).
About six in 10 union members say the president's positions on most issues are just about right for them, 33 percent consider his views too liberal, 6 percent too conservative.
On Obama's top domestic priorities - the economy and health care - union members are more likely than others to express support for his initiatives, even as they have fared somewhat better during the economic downturn and most carry health insurance.
More than six in 10 union members say the economic stimulus package will have or has already had a positive impact (vs. 51 percent among non-members), and 58 percent say they support the proposed changes to the health care system (45 percent among non-members).
Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
-- Approve --- - Disapprove - NET Strongly NET Strongly Union member 57 42 42 25 Union HH 61 41 38 27 Non-union 53 34 43 32
Q. Would you say Obama is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what?
- Better - - Worse -- As expected NET Much NET Much (vol.) Union member 46 14 27 11 28 Union HH 46 15 26 11 28 Non-union 42 19 31 18 25
Q. Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama?
- Favorable -- -Unfavorable-- NET Strongly NET Strongly Union member 68 48 32 17 Union HH 69 50 31 17 Non-union 62 39 36 24
Q. Do you think Obama's views on most issues are too liberal for you, too conservative for you, or just about right?
Too Too About liberal conservative right Union member 33 6 59 Union HH 34 5 60 Non-union 40 5 52