Obama approval rises with improving economic views

Poll Questions

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy? (half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the threat of terrorism? (half sample)

No opinion

Q: Do you think things in this country (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

No opinion

Q: Overall, who do you trust to do a better job coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006, with its largest majority in the House of Representatives in 80 years. Compared with last year's Congress, do you think this Congress will do a better job, a worse job, or about the same?

Q: There’s been talk about government dysfunction, the idea that the federal government is not working well because the (Democrats) and (Republicans) can’t find common ground. Do you see this as a major problem, a problem but not a major one, or not a problem?

Q: (IF A PROBLEM) Who do you think is mainly responsible for this - (Obama and the Democrats in Congress), (the Republicans in Congress), or both sides equally?

Q: Just your best guess, in the next year do you think government dysfunction will get better, get worse or stay about the same as its been?

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Encouraging economic development - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Helping the middle class - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Increasing home ownership - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Creating jobs - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Helping more students afford college - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think has better ideas about Dealing with climate change, also known as global warming - (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)? (half sample)

Q: Who do you think is taking a stronger leadership role in the government in Washington these days, (Obama) or (the Republicans in Congress)?

Q: Do you think the country should go in the direction (Obama wants to lead it), go in the direction (the Republicans in Congress want to lead it), or what?

Q: Obama says he will take executive actions intended to accomplish some of his administration goals if Congress does not act. Do you think Obama is or is not justified in taking this approach?

No opinion

Q: The Republicans in Congress say they will try to block some executive actions that Obama takes, either by passing new laws or by suing in court. Do you think the Republicans in Congress are or are not justified in taking this approach?

No opinion

Q: ) Obama has said he won’t decide whether to approve a new oil pipeline from Canada to Texas until a review has determined whether it is in the national interest. The Republicans in Congress are working on a law to authorize the pipeline without Obama’s approval. Which side do you support – (should the pipeline be authorized now), or (should the review be completed before deciding)? (half sample)

Q: (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE) The federal health care law says companies with 50 or more employees have to offer health insurance to those who work at least 30 hours a week. The Republicans in Congress have proposed changing this to at least 40 hours a week. Which of these do you prefer – should employers be required to provide coverage for employees who work at least 30 hours a week, or should it be at least 40 hours a week? (half sample)

Q: Obama has proposed providing free tuition to attend community colleges at a cost to the federal government of sixty billion dollars over 10 years. Do you support or oppose this proposal?

No opinion

Q: Obama has taken executive action allowing as many as four million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. The Republicans in Congress say they may take away federal funding so this order cannot be carried out. Do you think Obama’s action on immigration should go forward, or should it be blocked?

No opinion

Q: Overall, do you think large business corporations pay their fair share in taxes, pay too (little), or pay too (much)?

Q: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good or poor?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a