President Obama speaks during his speech to members of the media during his last news conference of the year in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

One last interesting piece of date from the big new Pew Research Center poll: For the first time since 2009, more people think President Obama has improved the economy rather than hurt it.


While 38 percent of people think Obama's policies have made the economy better, 28 percent think they have made it worse. Those numbers were even in June 2013 and underwater for most of his presidency. Obama did get a passing grade early in his presidency, when 30 percent viewed him as helping and only 24 percent as hurting. But that was when Obama was still quite popular.

Of course, 58 percent of people still think he either made the economy worse or hasn't have much of an effect. So it's not like it's a big resounding success story just yet. But clearly, people are warming to his economic record.