Political Views Related to the President
Obama Job Approval Improves to 47 Percent from Lows of 2013
The approval rating of President Obama has increased by six-percentage points (from 41% to 47%) since November 2013, the time period when our last survey of young Americans between 18- and 29- years old was conducted. Rebounding from a previous low of 41 percent, the president saw steady gains across most of the major 18- to 29- year old subgroups that were analyzed, although in most every case, his approval rating remained below 50 percent. President Obama’s approval rating is buoyed by the steady support of the Black community (83% approve) and the solid support of a volatile (i.e., 9-point swing in one year, 21-point swing in 5 years) Hispanic community (60%); among Whites between 18- and 29- years old, the president’s approval rating is 33 percent.
OBAMA APPROVAL RATING BY SUBGROUP
Compared to the first poll we conducted during the 2010 midterm election cycle, the president’s approval rating during this midterm cycle among 18- to 29-year olds is down 9 percentage points overall, down 12 points among young Whites and 9 points among young Hispanic and Latinos. Among Black voters there has been no change.
As the chart below indicates, the relative position of Republicans in Congress is similar, although they start from a base of support approximately half the size of the president’s. Compared to February 2010, those who approve of the job Republicans are doing in Congress declined 9 points from 32 percent to 23 percent. Democrats in Congress on the other hand, track more closely to 2010, with 37 percent approval today compared to 39 percent approval four years ago.
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Mood of the Country is More Positive than in Fall, Still Not Back to Spring 2013 Levels
While there are still more than twice as many young Americans believing that things in the nation are off on the wrong track (45%) rather than the right direction (21%), this ratio stands as marked improvement compared to our December 2013 release when the wrong track to right direction ratio stood at more than three (49%) to one (14%). Currently, an additional 34 percent say they are not sure which direction the country is headed. Among Democrats, 37 percent say the nation is headed in the right direction (24% wrong track), while only nine percent of Republicans feel the same way (73% wrong track).
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Obama’s Health Care Approval Rating Increased 5 Points to 39 Percent
Tracking with his overall ratings, President Obama’s job approval across a range of issues has also improved since last Fall’s release, though all are lower than they were one year ago. The president receives the highest marks for the way he is handling climate change, with a 47 percent approval rating for that issue. Of note, his performance on health care and Syria both rebounded five points to 39 percent and 38 percent respectively — while his ratings on the economy (33% to 37% approval) and the federal budget deficit (28% to 31%) increased four and three points. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of young Americans under 30 approve of the way that the president is handling the situation in Ukraine.