Politics and Public Opinion, Polls

Obama at year 5, Iraq at 10: What you may have missed in the polls

Image Credit: Barack Obama Flickr stream

Image Credit: Barack Obama Flickr stream

The State of the Union:

  • In most recent polls, President Obama’s approval rating is above 50%.
  • Obama had a 49% average approval rating for his first term.
  • Congress averaged a 15% approval rating in 2012.
  • 35% say things in the nation are headed in the right direction, up from 26% in 2009.
  • 27% are satisfied with the state of the economy; 10% were in 2009.
  • Around 55% are satisfied with their own financial situation.
  • Dissatisfaction with government is at Watergate levels.
  • Confidence in banks, big business, and Wall Street has not recovered from the financial crisis.
  • Still, 71% say the strength of the country is mostly based on the success of American business.
  • Generally positive views of capitalism do not appear to have been significantly altered by the financial crisis.
  • For more information, see the new AEI Political Report.

Handling the presidency

The Iraq war ten years later:

  • 55% in a new poll say the war was successful, 43% disagree.
  • Only 28% say it has reduced the threat of terrorism and separately that it will lead to peace in the Middle East.
  • 70% say it has worsened America’s relations with the Muslim world.
  • Six in ten Americans still want us to take an active part in world affairs. Thirty-eight percent say it is better if the US stays out.
  • For more information, see the new AEI Political Report.

Been successful

Women in combat: More than six in ten favor allowing women to serve in units that engage in close combat according to the latest Pew Research Center poll.

Obama v. the NRA: When Quinnipiac pollsters asked people who better reflected their views on guns, 43% said President Obama and 46% the NRA. Independents picked the NRA over Obama by 49% to 38%.

Obama NRA

Return to a draft: In the new Quinnipiac poll, 28% want to do so, but 65% oppose.

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